Raphael Federici alias Paris Sketch Culture
Raphael Federici, is a visual artist (also known under the nickname ParisSketchCulture). Born in 1986, Raphael Federici lives and works in Paris as a designer and an artistic director. He studied Product Design at university, then worked in textiles, advertising and tattooing. He now follows his artistic, creative passion and makes art for a living. In 2003 (17 years old) he became a street artist under the pseudonym ParisSketchCulture. In 2012, he had his first solo exhibition at the Champs Elysees (Gallery 66 in Paris). The exhibition was so successful that the gallery extended it for an extra three months. Raphael was also involved in the tattooing and fashion world. He now combines these two disciplines, while exploring various media. He represents Gen-Y, and is proving himself to be a spokesman for that generation. He seeks to confront his audience and to create implicit messages, using a fusion of different mediums. His work is a juxtaposition of street art meets the world of luxury. His mediums include but are not limited to collage, oils, woodwork, sculpture, body paint, carpentry and working with leather goods. He uses iconic characters from popular media such as comics, advertising, graffiti, cartoon, movies and everything that is not considered as belonging to the world of "fine arts" classic. His style is "underground lowbrow” (a pictorial art movement founded in the 70’s in California) meets pop art, in contrast to the elitist art (commonly called highbrow). His messages are often at first, humorous, cheerful and sarcastic, though at a second glance, his pieces carry a subversive, whistleblowing message. His urban style boasts an art that is accessible to people hungry for pop culture who may not have extensive knowledge in fine arts or art history. These unique works reflect the his unique personality.