Artist Name: Némo
Real Name: Serge Fauri
Technique: Stencil, murals
About: You can see Némo from the south (13th district) to the north (20th district) of Paris. Némo began painting his trademark black silhouette of a man wearing a trench coat and a fedora in the 90’s, having previously experimented with stenciling. The figure is often depicted journeying across the city, often on a bicycle or surrounded by his items: a black cat, a kite, an umbrella and a suitcase bearing his name, which means “no-one” in Latin.
Some interpret Némo as showing how an adult person would try to connect with the world that he doesn’t belong to anymore and his childhood. The feeling is like a dream where he goes back in time and become a child once again. For that he uses all these little colorful elements, to achieve a “dreamy”, magic, fairy tale-like atmosphere.
in 2006 Daniel Pennac wrote a book about his work and how he started painting the black gentleman on the damaged walls, doors and windows of Paris to offer a little poetry to those sad places. Frequently he co-works with Jérôme Mesnager and his white characters that meets his mysterious black man. Jef Aerosol is another friend with whom he worked together by the streets of the capital.
Sometimes interacting with parrots, giraffes, butterflies and red balloons the man in black has always good company and he is always moving the imagination of adults and children in the city of light.
Where you can see it: Especially at the Butte-aux-Cailles in the southern side of Paris and Belleville-Ménilmontant in the northern side of Paris.
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