The painter of living together

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Life belongs to those who want to feel it palpitate. To experience it, to indulge in it without shame, and even feel it at the climax of intimacy in a nearly hand-to-hand struggle that doesn’t exclude any lovers’ desire. In love, as in life, there is a need for the first step.  And so, the painting of Ernesto Novo is a journey. This journey testifies of first a place to remember for the painter and second a dedication

The dedication is to the people who have marked their social commitment. Symptomatically, among the very first walls he has painted were the portraits of two women that fought in La Résistance during the war : Germaine Tillion and Geneviève Anthonioz de Gaulle for their “entrance” at Le Panthéon.

So to speak, this sensitive attitude toward those marginalized by the dominant perception will go on in the future walls. For example, the painting of the Baoulé traditional mask will serve him to protest against the arbitrary shape of the modern African states due to the colonial exploitation lasting during centuries.

Or the portrait of the black Napoleon, I have named Toussaint Louverture who gave his independence to Haïti back in 1792, in order to tell the African people the organization is possible, the fight still goes on.

“Life is the art of encounter” used to say Vinicius de Moraes and there is no need to have a philosophy chair at College de France to get it. The painter could have the same motto, only he doesn’t express it through the same discipline. To make a dedication is to make sens, to bring the light in the middle of darkness, to enlighten in the view of everyone those forgotten by all.

A place to remember is to uncover in pieces of art what personal remembrance we are projecting in our collective history. As such, Verdun is the place to remember the slaughter of war, Ravensbrück is for the horror of rationalized hate and at least the French Résistance is the Republican patriotism. 

Ernesto Novo’s travel books are a feature of his collection of impressions about the places and the people living there.

All along with their pages, the drawings echo to the history of local people. Through his notebooks, the painter invites us on a date with the values he brings to his work. Open-minded spirit, arms wide open, solidarity and brotherhood. When he shares them, we surely recognize ourselves in those.  And because they tend specifically towards universality, they generally do not cease to reach out to the particular. Through the delicate sharing of his sensibility, the artist enriches us with the hue of his personal vision; in this triangular space where he engraves us with his models and himself. He doesn’t follow a fixed path, he creates his own and therefore leaves a trace. And, in doing so, he re-traces us.

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Sigismond Cassidanius, polymorphic artist. He makes stencils and belongs to a group of collagists. He also writes press releases about other street-artists for their exhibitions and he animates a group on Facebook.His passion for street-art movement grew since the 90’s when, together with his friends, he created the association JONAS. They have been involved in squatting the former Lycée Diderot (Pole-Pi) in 1995 until 1999 and organized festivals of urban arts in Montmartre. After his bachelor in history of Paris he oriented himself to the working class anthropology and the urban economy. He has been working for 20 years for the city of Paris as a pedagogical responsible. Today he shares his passion for urban artistry through guiding and his support of the Collective 3 Couronnes in Belleville.

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Most celebrated artists couples in Street Art World
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Most celebrated artists couples in Street Art World

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What’s love got to do with it?

Today for Valentine’s day we are celebrating love and those beautiful couples who manage to work together professionally – God bless them!

❤ n°1 Jana and JS ❤


She is from Austria and he is from France. They currently live in Salzburg.
Shortly after they met, they started working together. They create beautiful portraits using stencils, based on photography and often inspired by architecture.

❤ n°2 Snik ❤

A couple based in the UK. Known for their unique multilayered stencils that they still hand-cut.

❤ n°3 Ella and Pitr ❤

Awesome duo mostly recognizable of their large-scale murals on the rooftops of buildings

❤ n°4 Dabs and Myla ❤


Originally from Australia, now based in LA. It was Dabs that introduced Myla to the graffiti scene when they met in an art school where they both studied illustration. Today their cartoon characters can be spotted around the world.

❤ n° 5 Natalia Rak and Bezt ❤

A couple of those incredible talented muralists met while studying on Academy of Fine arts in Lodz, Poland.
They often collaborate, but they are also working individually.

❤ n°6 Mina Hamada and Zosen ❤


Those two birds met in Barcelona. Zosen is originally from Spain, and Mina was born in the States but grew up in Japan.
Even though they come from different artistic backgrounds, they work and personalities, really complement each other!

Do you think they are other great artists couples worth mentioning today?

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Kasia Klon foundress of Street Art Tour Paris; artist (MFA in painting and printmaking) and a licensed tour guide. Read more about Kasia here.

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