Each week, HIYA Gallery looks back on the history of art and more precisely on the history of street art and its associated movements. We try to highlight the pioneers of this movement who have become legends, the mythical works that have left their mark in the history of street art, as well as important cultural events concerning the development of street art and graffiti, such as books rare or cult, exhibitions making reference in the history of the movement, films and other events.
We believe that in order to understand and feel the art of our time, we must constantly learn where it came from and what its roots are. That is why, alongside the representation and promotion of artists, we want to share with you knowledge about the history of street art.
Jérôme Mesnager (1961, France) is one of the first Parisian street artists. He created his famous man in white in 1983, a white figure also called “white body” or “white man” which symbolizes light, strength and peace. This white body was made by the artist freehand on generally rough but varied supports: wooden fence, doors, windows, various objects. Other series are produced on more classic supports on linen canvas. He has reproduced it across the world, from the walls of Paris to the Great Wall of China.
As one of the first Parisian street artists, Jérôme Mesnager was part of the Parisian street art scene, with artists such as Blek le rat, Miss Tic, Jef Aérosol, Némo, etc. and the free figuration movement in the early 80s.