Artist Name: Gz’Up
Technique: Graffiti, paste-ups
About: Gz’Up is a french graffiti artist who paints and pastes a lot of cool octopuses on the streets of Paris. He loves giving free art to passers-by and he considers himself more as a vandal and not a street artist.
He began doing graffiti at the start of the ’90s and then stopped between ‘96 and ‘97 for military service. He started up again in 2010, but with a “street art” orientation, to bring back the balance with all those artists who exhibit only in galleries, to give street art back to the street.
His nickname is inspired by the song “GZ UP, Hoes Down” from the debut album Doggystyle by the American rapper Snoop Dogg. His design is inspired by the octopus seen in the famous SEGA’s game “Wonder Boy”. Passionate about drawing, Gz’Up is constantly inspired by video-games, comics and manga.
An authentic nostalgic, Gz’Up recognizes himself a lot more in the ’80’s or ‘90’s sprites, having strong memories about old Game Boy and SNES games. Magical times.
Where you can see it: Paris, Bruxelles, Nantes, Rennes, Caen, Rouen, Lille, Lyon