Did you know that Paris and its surroundings is home to some of the most exciting street art in Europe – even the world?
Sometimes it’s worth getting a little out of town to visit something really special. Vitry-sur-Seine (Val de Marne) is a popular city in the outskirts of Paris. A grey city without personality, in last 5 years has become the perfect workshop for street artists from all around the world. With around a hundred international artists and more than 400 graffiti works Vitry is nowadays one of the best cities to discover Street Art.
Street Art in Vitry
Street Art starts in Vitry in 2009 when Christian Guémy, a worldwide known graffiti artist better known as C215, decided to make Vitry his new playground. He first started painting portraits of his daughter so she would know her dad was thinking of her while she was away at school! After some time, many city walls were decorated with C215’s colorful graffiti and some of his friends decided to join the project, becoming Vitry a showcase for this kind of urban art.
Through the word of mouth, people learnt about these beautiful graffiti and soon Vitry saw its first curious visitors, equipped with their cameras. Today the phenomena is so important for the city that the city hall proposes different guided walks to discover this interesting heritage.
Actually there is no need of a guided visit, all Vitry-sur-Seine is full of graffiti as cool as these ones shown. So don’t worry and wander without any direction, just keep your eyes open! You may spot his huge murals on the side of buildings, or vibrant portraits mixed amidst the work of other local artists.
If you are more organised and you don’t want to miss anything you can still discover these graffiti by yourself with the help of this map
The most popular street artists in the area are C215, Jef Aérosol, Seth, Mosko & associated, Artistes ouvrier, Mr A and Jerome mesnager. Click on the links and have a look at their facebook pages, they are really cool.
If you want to know more about graffiti in Vitry we recommend to read this article by Le Figaro (in French)
If you go to Vitry sur Seine let us know what you found. You can send your Vitry’s favourite shot to our facebook page, we will be happy to share it on its main space!
Vitry-sur-Seine is in Val de Marne Department. You can reach Vitry with RER E, station Vitry-sur-Seine
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