Blek Le Rat aka Xavier Prou was born in Paris and is well renowned in the street art arena. Many people consider him to be the originator of stencil graffiti and hence the often dubbed line, “The rat who gave birth to BANKSY“.
His street name is said to originate from a childhood cartoon “Blek Le Roc”, also using “rat” as an anagram for “art”. Unlike BANKSY, Blek Le Rat’s real identity was revealed in 1991 when he was arrested while stenciling a replica of the Caravaggio’s “Madonna and Child”. Take a look in his gallery near Old St, London if you get a chance. It’s welcoming upstairs but gritty downstairs – a nice paradox
Blek Le Rat returns to the UK for a solo exhibition at Opera Gallery London from the 27th April to the 17th May.
Images: Opera Gallery
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