Basto is a French artist with a background in graffiti. He is a member of the Oldschool Marseillaise and the RTM Crew. His work has been greatly influenced by artists like Andy Warhol and, more generally, by the Pop Art movement as well as fantasy worlds.
Between figuration and abstraction
Basto began producing graffiti in 1989 with the crews Oldschool Marseillaise and RTM. From the beginning, his artistic work steered towards abstraction as well as figuration; two fields that his movement found quite complicated. At that time, artists focussed only on lettering, and abstraction was only explored by the most skilled. However, this did not stop the young tagger, who simply got on with his creations.Mehr
From wall to canvas
In 1991, Basto began producing his artistic work on canvas whilst continuing with his graffiti work. This new medium allowed him to consider new techniques and new gestures that he could use to express himself. He has always been influenced by the most skilled artists in his movement as well as by the masters of classical painting. Basto creates depth in his work, which has become gentler and, yet, more bold. His canvases are more accessible whilst the main message remains the same; this new channel of communication is just another way of reaching a larger audience and taking it back to his world of graffiti.
An artist on an international scale
As well as his presence on the walls of France, Basto has participated in several exhibitions in France and in Switzerland. His work has been a part of different private and public collections in Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Switzerland.Weniger