Sten and Lex – Solo exhibition in Paris

Yesterday I joined the opening of the solo show of the Italian street artists Sten and Lex at Magda Danysx Gallery in Paris.  The art duo are world famous for their unique style which they named “Hole School”, a reference to the “Old School”.

Sten and Lex at Magda Danysx Gallery in Paris.

They mix two important elements of street-art: stencil and poster. Gluing an image on wood medium and hand cutting thousands of lines, painting it black, what brings an image when paper tape comes out, slowly revealing the work.

Sten and Lex at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris

Sten and Lex at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris

Sten and Lex at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris

Sten and Lex art work is really impressive, always portraits, photos from the 60’s and 70’s, anonymous characters,  black and white, elegant and discreet.  A finesse that you can see in each line, a thousand of them cut by hand that also creates an illusion, part of the meticulous work.

Sten and Lex at Magda Danysx Gallery in Paris.

Sten and Lex at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris

Sten and Lex at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris

Sten and Lex at Magda Danysx Gallery in Paris.

In Italy, they are considered the pioneers of “stencil graffiti”, where they have been working since 2001. Last year  Sten and Lex had their work exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO) marking their entry into the world of contemporary art. With an international reputation, they already participated in a lot of festivals and projects around the world, including an invitation by Banksy to work beside him on Cans Festival in 2008 in England.

Sten and Lex solo show at Magda Danysx Gallery in Paris.

Sten and Lex opening show at Magda Danysx Gallery in Paris.

Last June, Sten and Lex came to Paris to make Le M.U.R (an association that brings a new street-artists to performance each 15 days, in a huge ex-billboard on Rue Oberkampf ), at the time they also did some other awesome works on the streets of Paris.

Sten and Lex work on the street of Paris

Sten and Lex work on the street of Paris

Sten and Lex work in progress for Le M.U.R last June.
Photo by Demian SmithAlternative Paris

Sten and Lex  for Le M.U.R last June.
Photo by Demian SmithAlternative Paris

Sten and Lex  art work is really strong and unique. I highly recommend everyone to enjoy the show, which runs until November 10, at Magda Danysx Gallery in Paris.

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