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Street Art Paris: Vitry-sur-Seine, the capital of Street Art

Did you know that Paris and its surroundings are the 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 on 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.

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STREET ART PARIS: THE STORY OF VITRY SUR SEINE

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 playground for this kind of urban art.

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Through the word of mouth, people learned about these beautiful graffiti and soon Vitry saw its first curious visitors, equipped with their cameras. Today the phenomenon is so important for the city that the city hall proposes different guided walks to discover this interesting heritage.

GRAFFITI HUNTING

Actually, there is no need for 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 like the locals do, and 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.

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If you are more organized and you don’t want to miss anything you can still discover these graffiti by yourself with the help of this map

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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.

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If you want to know more about graffiti in Vitry we recommend reading 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 favorite shot to our facebook page, we will be happy to share it in the main space!

 

VITRY SUR SEINE: PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Vitry-sur-Seine is in Val de Marne Department. You can reach Vitry with the RER E, station Vitry-sur-Seine.

 

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  • Agness of aTukTuk
    05/12/2017 at 1:29 pm

    I love Paris, especially because of the magnificent street art! Thanks for bringing this place closer!

    • WorldInParis
      05/12/2017 at 8:35 pm

      thanks to you for your kind comment! so maybe you will be happy with the next post . . . 😉

  • sophie
    02/16/2017 at 5:11 am

    Well Well, those are some breathtaking paintings 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      02/20/2017 at 10:45 pm

      And there are many more . . . 🙂

  • neha
    12/10/2016 at 3:55 pm

    I paint , I love art. This post was an absolute delight to go through. I wish all streets across the world were painted in vibrant colors like these

    • WorldInParis
      01/04/2017 at 2:29 pm

      It would be a much more beautiful world 🙂

  • Erica M Poyauan
    12/08/2016 at 7:49 pm

    now i understand why Paris has the most interesting and exciting street arts in the world!!!! your posts are really inviting!!!

    • WorldInParis
      12/09/2016 at 9:35 am

      Thanks! More Street Art coming soon 😉

  • SindhuMurthy
    12/07/2016 at 5:11 pm

    The places surrounding Paris look like open-air art galleries. I have noted every detail of Paris you have been sharing on your blog and this one too is amazing. I would definitely check these locations during my visit to Paris.

  • Louiela
    11/26/2016 at 7:31 am

    Those lovely graffiti… its amazing how they’d able to turn out an ordinary street to be these cool with those beautiful arts… Walking along this street will not only entertain us but will make us think about the message behind those arts… a must visit in Paris…

    • WorldInParis
      11/26/2016 at 10:10 am

      right, right, right! streets are more colorful since street art 🙂

  • Jimmy and Tina
    11/16/2016 at 2:16 pm

    Oh wow, I would have never thought that or even know Paris and it’s beautiful street art! Your photos are really lovely and colorful!

    • WorldInParis
      12/02/2016 at 11:49 am

      Thanks, Jimmy and Tina 🙂

  • Vyjay
    11/01/2016 at 1:49 pm

    Vitry is really the happening place for street art. The art looks so vibrant and lifelike. Would love to take a look at these amazing art some day.

    • WorldInParis
      11/02/2016 at 12:29 pm

      A little bit far for you, I know, but Paris is always a good idea so why not in the future? 😉

      • Vyjay
        12/09/2016 at 4:46 am

        🙂 hope to return some day, was there a few years back.

  • Marge
    10/31/2016 at 1:50 pm

    I love art in many forms including street art. In fact, there is one city in our country that has lots of them and I always look at those art like I was looking at them for the first time. I just think it makes a city more beautiful, as in the case of Vitry Sur Seine. I would definitely go there someday, they got some interesting street art there I must say.

    • WorldInParis
      10/31/2016 at 3:24 pm

      Cool that street art is reaching every corner in the world! 🙂

  • Christina
    10/31/2016 at 3:04 am

    I am appreciating street art more and more these days as I getting more educated about the artists behind them. These are really impressive and will keep an eye for them if I am every in Vitry Sur Seine.

    • WorldInParis
      10/31/2016 at 3:04 pm

      Christina, if it happens to be around the corner, you definitely should go and see for yourself 😉

  • juliasan
    10/30/2016 at 10:32 am

    Have not been to Paris in a while, but it looks it!s time to go again and discover it from a new point of view… 🙂 Thanks for the hint about Vitry!

    • WorldInParis
      10/30/2016 at 9:50 pm

      You are welcome, Julia. Vitry really deserves the mini excursion out of Paris 🙂

  • JP Licudan
    10/25/2016 at 4:29 pm

    Such a beautiful collection of street art! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      10/26/2016 at 11:42 am

      You are welcome!

    • WorldInParis
      10/29/2016 at 5:00 pm

      You are welcome! 🙂

  • Nicola Hilditch-Short
    10/25/2016 at 11:42 am

    We absolutely love graffiti and street art, we did see some amazing stuff in Paris itself when I visited years back, but we need to revisit and get out of the city a little clearly!

    • WorldInParis
      10/26/2016 at 11:43 am

      Nic, the thing about Street Art is that it is ephemeral so YES, you need to come back to check the latest news

  • Theresa B.
    10/25/2016 at 8:28 am

    I’m a big fan of urban art so Vitry-sur-Seine is definitely going on my Paris to see list for when I return in the future. Not all art are in stuffy museums. Some of the most visually stimulating can be discovered right on the streets.

    • WorldInParis
      10/26/2016 at 11:44 am

      Theresa, agree! Hope you will be able to come back to Paris soon 😉

  • Evan Kristine
    10/24/2016 at 5:32 pm

    So amazing street arts! It would be so nice to stroll around and discover new grafiti’s!

    • WorldInParis
      10/26/2016 at 11:45 am

      Agree! 🙂

  • Kristina
    10/24/2016 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve really started to appreciate street art now that I’ve lived in a few different cities. I had no idea Paris had such a rich street art scene. These pieces are simply fantastic!

    • WorldInParis
      10/28/2016 at 1:45 pm

      Agree! And this is only a small part of what the city offers so you will have to come to Paris to see the rest 😉

  • Llamateurs
    10/24/2016 at 1:45 pm

    The blue one with the girl is my favourite. Can watch it all the time.

    • WorldInParis
      10/27/2016 at 10:07 am

      Agree, this is also my favourite one 🙂

  • Aisha
    10/24/2016 at 12:27 am

    OK. I guess it is time for me to go back to Paris. I did not see anything like this when I was there. This street art is amazing.

    • WorldInParis
      10/28/2016 at 1:46 pm

      Indeed. Hope to see you in Paris soon 🙂

  • Sally
    10/23/2016 at 7:30 pm

    I love street art. Its always so colourful. Looks amazing here ????????

    • WorldInParis
      10/29/2016 at 5:00 pm

      Indeed 🙂

  • Jess
    10/23/2016 at 2:12 pm

    Nice post! This will now be on my bucket list, love street art!

    • WorldInParis
      10/29/2016 at 5:00 pm

      Glad you liked it, Jess 🙂

  • Lisa Martin
    10/23/2016 at 11:59 am

    What phenomenal talent! I’m so glad that these artists are recognized for their skill instead of being looked down along like shoddy tag artists. And what a way to bring some colour and vibrancy to a fairly grey city. I do love some good street art – beautiful post!

    • WorldInParis
      10/29/2016 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Yeah cool that people appreciate street art, it brings some color to our life!

  • Sar
    10/22/2016 at 7:08 pm

    Very cool. Looks like some of the same artists – or the same artist. Thanks for sharing this secret! Love street art.

    • WorldInParis
      10/29/2016 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks to you for stopping by! 🙂

  • Jesper, The Biveros Effect
    09/23/2016 at 3:33 pm

    Wow, some of those paintings sure look amazing 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:15 pm

      It is! 🙂