Les Frigos – Mecca of Creation

To welcome 2013, launching the new My Life On My Bike website, nothing could be more exciting that an unexpected visit at Les Frigos, accompanied by a warm reception by the artists Paella Chimicos and Dominique Larrivaz in their temple of creation.

Les Frigos is a massive place in Paris on the thirteen arrondissement that was built in the 20’s and was used to store food from 1919 to 1971. After some years of abandonment the place attracted actors, artists and musicians who worked together as a squat. In 1985  the place become an official mecca for creatives, craftsmen and exhibitions. Nowadays more than 200 artists work in the building.

Les Frigos

Les Frigos

Les Frigos  and art form Dominique Larrivaz

Les Frigos – arte por Dominique Larrivaz

I was not planning to pass by. I was on the way back from an interview which will generate my next post and suddenly I decided to stop.

Inside and outside of the building the walls are full of graffiti, creating a deep and fascinating underground atmosphere. There are five floors full of studios (all with closed doors).

The third floor was the one the most attracted me with colourful and some “infamous” paintings on the walls.

Still on the third floor, spontaneously I met the old school street-artist Paella arriving to work and he said. “ Hey, I know you!” Yes, he knew me. I booked him for an interview during Le M.U.R de L’Art but his stand was so busy full of fans that he wasn’t able to come.

Luckily, at Les Frigos, he invited me to go inside his studio which surprisingly was just beside the studio of Dominique Larrivaz, another great French artist that I interviewed for the documentary.

In a surrealistic Friday morning I was there, inside Les Frigos talking and watching two artists that I really appreciate without planning absolutely anything. Both artists have been working there for more than 20 years. You definitely should visit this creative atmosphere and be inspired. (Check here for more information about Les Frigos ).

Wall on the third floor at Les Frigos. Work by Paella and Dominique Larrivaz

Parede no terceiro andar do Les Frigos. Trabalho de Paella Chimicos e Dominique Larrivaz

Wall on the third floor at Les Frigos. Wall on the third floor at Les Frigos. Work by Paella.

Parede no terceiro andar do Les Frigos. Trabalho de Paella Chimicos e Dominique Larrivaz

Wall on the third floor at Les Frigos. Work by Paella

Parede no terceiro andar do Les Frigos. Trabalho de Paella Chimicos

Wall on the third floor at Les Frigos.

Parede no terceiro andar do Les frigos

Wall on the third floor at Les Frigos. Work by Paella and Dominique Larrivaz

Parede no terceiro andar do Les Frigos. Trabalho de Paella Chimicos e Dominique Larrivaz

Wall on the third floor at Les Frigos. Work by Dominique Larrivaz

Parede no terceiro andar do Les Frigos. Trabalho de Dominique Larrivaz

Wall on the third floor at Les Frigos. Work by Dominique Larrivaz

Parede no terceiro andar do Les Frigos. Trabalho de Dominique Larrivaz

Paella art studio at Les Frigos

Estúdio artistico de Paella no Les Frigos e sua serie de trabalho inspirada em bicicletas

Paella art studio at Les Frigos

Estúdio artistico de Paella no Les Frigos e sua serie “homem elastico”

Paella working for his new show inspired in comics that will star on February 4 at Duplex Bar

Paella trabalhando para a sua nova exibição inspirada em comics.

Dominique Larrivaz art studio at Les Frigos

Estúdio artistico de Dominique Larrivazz no Les Frigos

Dominique Larrivaz art studio at Les Frigos

Estúdio artistico de Dominique Larrivaz no Les Frigos

 

 

Dominique Larrivaz working a his art studio at Les Frigos

Dominique Larrivaz trabalhando em seu estúdio no Les Frigos.