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Graffmatt | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Graffmatt | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

Graffmatt

  • France
  • Painter / Sculptor
Outside my studio, city walls are an opportunity for me to give them a soul and offer a moment of exchange with passers-by.
Born to an artist painter for a mother and a father who manages a graphics company, Matthieu Lainé aka Graffmatt, grew up in a family of creators; and so naturally he chose to turn to an education dedicated to graphic arts too. A professional artist since 2013, set up in the Savoie town of Chambéry, Graffmatt produces his works alongside his main job as a computer graphics designer. His passion for painting came about thanks to Street Art and the hip-hop culture. Needing to immerse himself fully in his world, Graffmatt accompanies his pictorial work by listening to urban music. The choice of musical style is reflected in his works, certain sounds leading him to use dark shades, while other push him towards bright colours.
Fascinated by the Street Art artists and their productions, Graffmatt takes to the streets to produce in situ many photographic reports. He then uses shots as sources of inspiration without trying to reproduce an exact copy. On the contrary, through acrylic paints, Posca pens, aerosol sprays and brushes, the artist decomposes the pictures to reassemble them in line with his own interpretation. A keen enthusiast for the cardboard supports, the painter likes the flexibility of its format – that he can adapt however he wants – as well as the writing stamped on it. Figurative and expressive, his works are produced two-fold, described by the artist as such: “first the dynamic elaboration of an abstract/graffiti background, then more detailed and calmer work, thus contrasting with the background.”
  • 2015
    Exhibition at the Museum Store
    Chambery, France
  • 2014
    Exhibition at La Conciergerie
    La Motte-Servolex, France
  • 2013
    Becomes a professional artist
    Chambery, France
  • 2009
    Becomes a graphic designer
    La Motte-Servolex, France
  • 1986
    Birth
    Saint-Jean de-Maurienne, France

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