• Zevs is an anonymous French street artist. He was an early and influential graffiti artist and active as a tagger in Paris in the 1990s. He is named after a regional train, Zeus, that almost ran him over one day he was down in the metro. Working with other French artists in the second half of the 1990s like André and Invader, Zevs has been among the prominent figures who pioneered the French street art scene.

    The Parisian is an inspired practitioner of street work. Besides the Liquidation project, his trademark techniques include using steam cleaners to create images on dirty walls during a graffiti crackdown in his native city, and invisible ink paintings only visible under UV light. These invisible ink pieces include a portrait of the 9/11 hijackers in the room they stayed in the night before their fateful act.

    Zevs’ Liquidated Logo series is arguably the most direct and recognisable example of street art culture jamming. He is prominently featured in Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. After many years of public activity his work has garnered considerable attention from France’s “high art” establishment, blurring as it does the line between street pieces, conceptual art, and good old-fashioned angry vandalism.

    By the end of the 90’s he became known for his poetic drawings of shadows in Paris, shortly after the departure of Facundo Newbery from Paris. Later he ‘bombed’ models on the billboards between the eyes. Though his interventions have been very popular, it has been discussed in France whether it is vandalism or art.

    In 2008 Zevs had his first major survey exhibition at the classical art museum the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work was displayed alongside masterpieces in the museum’s permanent collections such as Edouard Manet’s The Absinthe Drinker and Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker.