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.
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.
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 ).