During my travels around the world I discovered that living on our planet means to respect it and understand that every human being is connected regardless of their origin.
Through my painting I try to show this plurality which makes our richness and the beauty of each of our cultures. Street-art being an inclusive art, allowing to share a work with the passer-by, it is the medium that I have chosen to express myself and share these values of sharing and unity.
What impacts me the most during my travels are the encounters, a face and a look say more than a thousand words, and my portraits freeze this moment of communion to transmit it to the viewer and make him react.
Valérian, or Valé Stencil, is a french street artist born in 1990. Now based in Mexico City after a decade of travel, Valé has developed an aesthetic that combines figurative stencil compositions with pop-graffiti styling, both as murals and canvas artworks. With a strong compassion and belief in human spirit, his works can be seen as a mirror to our common humanity.
Combining various techniques, his work is primarily constructed with numerous layers of hand-cut stencils, painted with a mix of brushes, aerosol cans, pallet knives or markers. Within this practice he combines bright shiny colors and grey tons on subtle shading stencils to achieve a sense of photorealism.
Valérian’s work contrasts recognizable pop-iconography with local culture imagery in his works, in order to portray the multifaceted identity of each culture he encounters during his travels around the world. This juxtaposition pays tribute to urban art by contrasting the grey of the streets with the intense colors that represent the vibrancy of life.
Valérian colaborates with galleries, social projects, festivals and brands. His artwork can be found in galleries in Paris, Saint-Tropez, Monaco, New-York, Amsterdam, Spain, Italy, México, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. To name some places, he exhibited with Galerie Saint-Martin and Galerie Sonia Monti in France, in the Franz Mayer Museum and Carré d’Artistes in Mexico, or Carré d’Artistes New-York in USA.
He has been covered by StreetArt NYC, Konbini, Cultura Colectiva, Estilo DF and commissioned for projects including Jaguar Land Rover, Montana, Comex or Santander.