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Dear reader, as this is my last post of the year, I would like to share a retrospective of my work in 2012.
Aimed to be a journalist specialized in street-art, I did a selection of 20 works that I experienced on the streets of Paris and most touched my heart. I organized it in chronologic order with a few words to describe my emotions during the four seasons.
Spontaneity and pure heart were rules to execute my work. Extraordinary things happened and filled my soul in the chaos of my own existence.
I came to Paris exactly a year ago. Since my first day in the city of lights I have been shooting all art that I have been finding on the streets. In total of 600 different art-works from artists all over the world.
In January will be one year that I have been blogging here at My Life On My Bike. So far I wrote 60 articles, mostly about street art. I was blessed to be seen in almost 100 countries with more than 10 000 viewings.
I did my first street-art tour in Paris last April. Moment that I met for the first time the journalist a href=http://alternativeparis.org/about-us/demian-smithDemian Smith/a. Both passionate for street-art, together we produced my first video documentary. I became a Contributor Editor for a href=http://alternativeparis.org/Alternative Paris/a and I got the chance to interview one of the most important street-artists in the world: a href=http://www.obeygiant.com/Shepard Fairey/a.
During 2012 I interviewed more than 50 graffiter and street-artists. At a href=http://www.lemur.asso.fr/Le M.U.R/a de L’Art show last november, just in 4 days I interviewed 35 artists. A marathon of interviews for a street-art documentary that I’m working for and will be ready in 2013.
I traveled to Prague, Amsterdam and London . During all those trips, I had open eyes to register and learn the local urban art scene.
I went to vernissages and I visited a lot of shows in galleries and museums focused on street-art and graffiti. I watched many performances, mostly at a href=http://www.lemur.asso.fr/Le M.U.R./a (organization that promotes urban art in Paris, with live performance each 15 days). I hang out with artists, photographers, journalists, poets, cinematographers and ordinary people passionate about it. I met so many beautiful souls.
Passion and gratitude are the feelings that define my year of 2012. I thank for everyone, I say thank you for the Universe. I am thankful for all good energy in the world. It was all about learning! And I dedicate all this learning for inner peace and happy mind for all leaving beings in the world.
See you in 2013 with new projects. Even more dynamic and professional!
Have a lovely New Year!
p style=text-align: left;1 – On my first day in Paris in a cold night of winter time, I found this poetic wall. I started to discover the sophistication of Parisian street-artists.a href=http://fredlechevalier.blogspot.nl/ Fred Le Chevalier/a became my hope to keep me dreaming. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/fred-le-chavalier-knight-poet-of-the-streets/read my article about Fred Le Chevalier here/a)/p
2 – Close to my place, at Le Marais, days before Christmas of 2011. I found this big collage on the dramatic roofs of Paris by a href=http://www.fatcap.org/article/bonom.htmlBonom/a. In those days, my world was like this, completely up-side-down. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/bonom-at-le-m-u-r-xiii/read my article about Bonom here/a)a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf0967-2/ rel=attachment wp-att-1975img class=size-full wp-image-1975 alt=Bonom src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf0967.jpg width=584 height=1027 //a a href=http://www.fatcap.org/article/bonom.htmlBonom/a p style=text-align: left;3 – A treat by a href=http://fredlechevalier.blogspot.nl/Fred Le Chevalier/a welcomed my year of 2012. A such blessed year!/p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf1420-5/ rel=attachment wp-att-2001img class=size-full wp-image-2001 alt=Fred Le Chevalier src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf1420.jpg width=584 height=877 //a a href=http://fredlechevalier.blogspot.nl/Fred Le Chevalier/a p style=text-align: left;4 – The Mario Bros from a href=http://www.space-invaders.com/Space Invader/a made me complete nostalgic during the hard weather of January. I felt I could play as a href=http://www.centrepompidou.fr/Centre de Pompidou/a plays with his modern and colourful architecture, contrasting with the classical and beige atmosphere of Paris. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/space-invader-the-world-has-been-invaded/read my article about Space Invader here/a)/p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf0988-3/ rel=attachment wp-att-1976img class=size-full wp-image-1976 alt=Space Inveders src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf0988.jpg width=584 height=821 //a a href=http://www.space-invaders.com/Space Inveder/a p style=text-align: left;b5 - /bOn the same day that I visited a href=http://www.gagosian.com/Gagosian Gallery/a, one of the most powerful galleries in the world, ironically, I found this graffiti by a href=http://kidultone.com/Kidult/a. I questioned myself: How power could eliminate misery? (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/a-day-full-of-art-i-mean-different-perspectives-of-arts/read my article about this story here/a)/p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf1645/ rel=attachment wp-att-1977img class=size-full wp-image-1977 alt=Kidult src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf1645.jpg width=584 height=876 //a a href=http://kidultone.com/Kidult/a p style=text-align: center;emb /b/em/p
6 – While visiting the hype store a href=http://www.colette.tm.fr/Collete/a at Saint Honorre street I got obviously dominated by the desire of consumption. Getting off I saw this work just next to the store. I was reminded by a href=http://mesnagerjerome.free.fr/emJérôme/em Mesnager/a that freedom is about controlling those desires. a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf0896/ rel=attachment wp-att-1980img class=size-full wp-image-1980 alt=Jérôme Mesnager src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf0896.jpg width=584 height=329 //a a href=http://mesnagerjerome.free.fr/Jérôme Mesnager/a p style=text-align: left;b7 -End of the winter. I was w/balking on the streets of Saint German des Pres and been surrounded by imposing and classic galleries, I was surprised by the cross of a href=http://lmdldzr.com/LMDLDZR/a. The feeling of elitist art was immediately broken. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/a-day-full-of-art-i-mean-different-perspectives-of-arts/read my article about LMDLDZR here/a)/p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf0654-2/ rel=attachment wp-att-1981img class=size-full wp-image-1981 alt=LMDZER src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf0654.jpg width=584 height=329 //a a href=http://lmdldzr.com/LMDLDZR/a p style=text-align: left;b8 -/bDuring my first street art tour with a href=http://undergroundparis.org/Underground Paris,/a I was introduced to a href=http://www.lemur.asso.fr/Le M.U.R/a at Rue Oberkampf in Beleville. I felt in love. A new street-artist working live each 15 days?! Love at the first sight. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/street-art-tour-of-paris/read my article about street-art tour here/a)/p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf4358/ rel=attachment wp-att-1982img class=size-full wp-image-1982 alt=Ouvrier src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf4358.jpg width=584 height=962 //a a href=http://www.artiste-ouvrier.com/Ouvrier/a
9 – On a beautiful primrose Friday in Paris. At Canal Saint Martin I interviewed a href=http://fredlechevalier.blogspot.nl/Fred Le Chevalier/a. In that moment, he was the first artist that I catch up in Paris. My knight of the streets is so lovely as his art is. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/fred-le-chevalier-interview/read my complete interview here/a)a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf5381/ rel=attachment wp-att-2014img class=size-full wp-image-2014 alt=Fred Le Chavalier and my friend and fan of his work Mines. src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf5381.jpg width=584 height=838 //a a href=http://fredlechevalier.blogspot.nl/Fred Le Chevalier/a and my friend and fan of his work Mines at Canal Saint Martin. a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf5385/ rel=attachment wp-att-2015img class=size-full wp-image-2015 alt=Tattoo on the arm of Fre Le Chevalier src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf5385.jpg width=584 height=341 //a Tattoo on the arm of a href=http://fredlechevalier.blogspot.nl/Fred Le Chevalier/a
10- Love, street art, bike and spring time was in the air, was on me.a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf5892-2/ rel=attachment wp-att-1983img class=size-full wp-image-1983 alt=Nick Walker src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf5892.jpg width=584 height=946 //a a href=http://www.theartofnickwalker.com/Nick Walker/a
11 – On the day that a href=http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/François_HollandeFrancois Hollande/a was elected the French President, while a huge party was happening at Bastille, I was editing my first mini-documentary about the project a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/imaginary-museum-ephemeral-artistic-residence/Museum Imaginary/a. An ephemeral and illegal exhibition that was opened for the public just for one day, the day of the presidential election. I was lucky to be there. We documented this genial art project. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/imaginary-museum-ephemeral-artistic-residence/read my article about Museum Imaginary here)/aa href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf4743-2/ rel=attachment wp-att-2018img class=size-full wp-image-2018 alt=Museum Imaginary src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf4743.jpg width=584 height=329 //a Museum Imaginary a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf4655/ rel=attachment wp-att-2019img class=size-full wp-image-2019 alt=Museum Imaginary src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf4655.jpg width=584 height=329 //a Museum Imaginary
12 – I tried to invade the abandoned super-market were the fantastic artistic residence a href=http://mausolee.net/Mausolée/a was done. We just taste part of it. Fear, dirty and darkness blowed our minds. The sense of being unsafe dominated us. We will come back.(a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/mausolee-a-residence-artistique-in-paris/read my article about Mausolée here/a)a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf5236/ rel=attachment wp-att-1978img class=size-full wp-image-1978 alt=Mausolée src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf5236.jpg width=584 height=329 //a a href=http://mausolee.net/Mausolée/a a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf5232/ rel=attachment wp-att-2004img class=size-full wp-image-2004 alt=Mausolée src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf5232.jpg width=584 height=325 //a a href=http://mausolee.net/Mausolée/a
b13 -/bSummer arrives. Sunshine, colours, sensuality, pic nic on the parks, smiles, happiness and more street-art on the walls. Paris is like a dream!a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/img_1329/ rel=attachment wp-att-1984img class=size-full wp-image-1984 alt=FKDL src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/img_1329.jpg width=584 height=373 //a a href=http://www.fkdl.com/FKDL/a p style=text-align: left;b14 - /bI interviewed a href=http://www.obeygiant.com/Shepard Fairey/a in a hot summer afternoon at Champs Elyses. I was informed directly by him that he would start working on a wall that you can check bellow. We followed a href=http://www.obeygiant.com/Shepard/a while he was painting it for 3 exciting days. We produced a documentary about his visit in Paris. He liked it (a href=http://www.obeygiant.com/headlines/shepard-paris-interview-and-videocheck his personal comment here/a) and we loved that experience. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/shepard-fairey-in-paris/read my article about Shepard Fairey here/a)/p
p style=text-align: left;/p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/img_7265-3/ rel=attachment wp-att-1985img class=size-full wp-image-1985 alt=Shepard Fairey src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/img_7265.jpg width=584 height=876 //a a href=http://www.obeygiant.com/Shepard Fairey/a a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf6984/ rel=attachment wp-att-2017img class=size-full wp-image-2017 alt=Shepard Fairey and I. src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf6984.jpg width=584 height=423 //a a href=http://www.obeygiant.com/Shepard Fairey /aand me. p style=text-align: left;b15 -/bI interviewed my Brazilian country fellow a href=http://surianiweb.wordpress.com/Rafael Suriani/a in a bucolic day. He brought me to see some of his paste-ups. We spoke in Portuguese, we talked about Sao Paulo and discover some beautiful connections. I felt home. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/suriani-a-brazilian-street-artist-shines-in-paris/read my interview with Rafael Suriani here/a)/p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf7746-2/ rel=attachment wp-att-1986img class=size-full wp-image-1986 alt=Rafael Suriani src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf7746.jpg width=584 height=355 //a a href=http://surianiweb.wordpress.com/Rafael Suriani/a p style=text-align: left;b16 - /bDuring a street-art bike tour with a href=http://undergroundparis.org/Underground Paris/a on a astonishing sunny day, I was captured by the expressive eyes of this carving by the Portuguese artist a href=http://alexandrefarto.com/Vilhs/a. Our eyes are the mirror of our soul. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/paris-bike-tour-from-alternative-paris/read my article about bike street-art tour here/a)/p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf7808-2/ rel=attachment wp-att-1987img class=size-full wp-image-1987 alt=Vilhs src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf7808.jpg width=584 height=345 //a a href=http://alexandrefarto.com/Vilhs/a p style=text-align: left;b17 -/ba href=http://www.flickr.com/people/nether_street_art/Nether /ais an artist from Baltimore. During his short stay in Paris, one night, we filmed him putting some illegal stuff on the streets of Le Marais. I indicated him to past up on this wall…the work didn’t rest to much. I learned that is not about time, is about value. Nether art is all about enriching children of his forgotten city a href=http://www.flickr.com/people/nether_street_art/Baltimore/a./p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf7840/ rel=attachment wp-att-1988img class=size-full wp-image-1988 alt=Nether src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf7840.jpg width=584 height=382 //a a href=http://www.flickr.com/people/nether_street_art/Nether/a p style=text-align: left;b18 -/bMy family was visiting me on the end of the summer. With my lovely nieces in a playground in front of the Seine in a surrealistic moment I saw this work froma href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/leoandpipo/ Leo and Pipo/a. For a moment this people looked real and playing with the children, looked like a beautiful dream. I get confused to distinguish what was the reality./p a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf7832/ rel=attachment wp-att-1989img class=size-full wp-image-1989 alt=Leo and Pipo src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf7832.jpg width=584 height=416 //a a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/leoandpipo/Leo and Pipo/a
19 – Parisian autumn arrives. I was been warmed with the presence of my Mom and my second Mom (my aunt) from Brazil in Paris. Together we watched a href=http://www.facebook.com/pages/KASHINK/220234261328397?fref=tsKashink/a performance at a href=http://www.lemur.asso.fr/Le M.U.R./a The importance of family is a matter of surviving in my life, a href=http://www.facebook.com/pages/KASHINK/220234261328397?fref=tsKashink /aseems to feel that and wrote as a thought of his four eyes character : Okay Mom, I will. (a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/13-kashink-number-of-luck/read my article about Kashink here)/aa href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf8079/ rel=attachment wp-att-1990img class=size-full wp-image-1990 alt=Kashink src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf8079.jpg width=584 height=356 //a a href=http://www.facebook.com/pages/KASHINK/220234261328397?fref=tsKashink/a a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf8075-2/ rel=attachment wp-att-1991img class=size-full wp-image-1991 alt=Ok Mam I will by Kashinsk src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf8075.jpg width=584 height=314 //a Okay Mom, I will by a href=http://www.facebook.com/pages/KASHINK/220234261328397?fref=tsKashinsk/a
20 – Colourful autumn trees are decorating Paris. Red, green and yellow leaves are scattered on the ground. I’m working with a href=http://alternativeparis.org/Alternative Paris/a crew covering the five days event a href=http://www.lemur.asso.fr/Le M.U.R /ade L’Art. My little house was transformed into a recording studio were I interviewed 35 street-artists in less than ninety six hour for a href=http://alternativeparis.org/Alternative Paris/a documentary (expected to be ready in 2013). I also posted a daily article during the event. Despite the long working hours, the good energy from all people involved marked a great experience in my heart. (read my articles here: a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/le-mur-de-lart-first-day-documented-by-alternative-paris/opening/a, a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/le-mur-de-lart-in-paris-2012/day 1/a, a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/le-mur-de-lart-2012-day-2/day 2/a, a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/le-mur-de-lart-2012-day-3/day 3/a, a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/le-mur-de-lart-2012-day-4-conclusion/day 4/a)a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/future-of-street-art-jour-3-35/ rel=attachment wp-att-2020img class=size-full wp-image-2020 alt=My interview with Jana amp; JSPhoto: Charles Devoyer src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/future-of-street-art-jour-3-35.jpg width=584 height=389 //a My interview with a href=http://janaundjs.com/Jana amp; JS/abr /Photo: a href=http://charlesdevoyer.fr/Charles Devoyer/a a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/future-of-street-art-jour-5-2/ rel=attachment wp-att-2022img class=size-full wp-image-2022 alt=My interview with FKDLPhoto: Charles Devoyer src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/future-of-street-art-jour-5-2.jpg width=584 height=389 //a My interview with a href=http://www.fkdl.com/FKDL/abr /Photo: a href=http://charlesdevoyer.fr/Charles Devoyer/a a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/future-of-street-art-jour-2-41/ rel=attachment wp-att-2023img class=size-full wp-image-2023 alt=My interview with Gola Hondun and Zosen BandidoPhoto: Charles Devoyer src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/future-of-street-art-jour-2-41.jpg width=584 height=389 //a My interview with a href=http://www.golanimal.com/Gola Hundum /aand a href=http://thefinest.fr/barcelona/zosen/Zosen Bandido/abr /Photo: a href=http://charlesdevoyer.fr/Charles Devoyer/a a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/future-of-street-art-jour-4-12/ rel=attachment wp-att-2024img class=size-full wp-image-2024 alt=My interview with Speed GraphytoPhoto: Charles Devoyer src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/future-of-street-art-jour-4-12.jpg width=584 height=389 //a My interview with a href=http://speedygraphito.free.fr/Speedy Graphyto/abr /Photo: a href=http://charlesdevoyer.fr/Charles Devoyer/a
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Just one more than 20:
21 – Last picture that I took in Paris two weeks ago at Belville Park, days before the winter comes again. It’s sensible: I believe that without cultivate our spirituality , we will have a unbalanced life. a href=http://www.facebook.com/NouveauxExplorateursMallandSeth/a said in a recent interview: If art is not spiritual, it doesn’t work for me. Such beautiful philosophy for one street-aa href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf0517/ rel=attachment wp-att-1992img class=size-full wp-image-1992 alt=Seth src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf0517.jpg width=584 height=329 //a a href=http://www.facebook.com/NouveauxExplorateursMallandSeth/a a href=http://mylifeonmybike.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/paris-street-art-retrospective-of-2012/dscf0522/ rel=attachment wp-att-2005img class=size-full wp-image-2005 alt=Seth src=http://mylifeonmybike.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dscf0522.jpg width=584 height=329 //a a href=http://www.facebook.com/NouveauxExplorateursMallandSeth/a
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