Zevs  (French, 1977) 

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Zevs (French, b.1977) is an anonymous Street artist who is well-known for his poetic drawings of shadows in Paris. He is considered to be one of the prominent pioneers of French Street Art. Noticed in the 1990s, he became an influential Graffiti artist and a tagger. He named himself Zevs after a local train Zeus, which almost knocked him down in the Paris metro.

The artist gained popularity among art lovers with Visual Kidnapping, a term he coined when he cut out a poster of a Lavazza model on a billboard in the center of Berlin and wrote Visual Kidnapping - Pay Now. In 2001 he made an art attack on the poster of Alfred Hitchcock, wherein he cut out a small hole in the face of the famous director''s poster and made a flow of red ink. The Pompidou Art Centre was the only establishment to keep a Visual Attack that Zevs had done for the duration of the Hitchcock exhibit.

Zevs is also well-known for his liquidated or dripping logos. With a Graffiti aesthetic to his art, he uses the original colors of the logos and repaints them with excess. This overflowing paint gives the logo a dissolving appearance, thus causing a visual disturbance to the recognizable ubiquitous trademark. Some of the famous logos that have been subjected to Zevs liquidation include Chanel, McDonalds, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Coca Cola, and Apple. His artwork on logos was also exhibited at the Lazarides Gallery in London. The artist''s visual attacks, visual kidnappings, and Graffiti have often landed him in trouble with the authorities. Though he maintains that his work is apolitical in nature and has more to do with the visual aspect of the landscape of cities and his interest in advertising, Zevs has generated much interest among power circles. He was even arrested in Hong Kong for his work on dripping logos. In spite of his popularity, his work has often been labeled as vandalism of art. Zevs currently lives and works in Paris, France.

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Zevs, Fifth Avenue Liquidated Apple

 

Zevs
Fifth Avenue Liquidated Apple
De Buck Gallery
Zevs, Illuminated Titian, Danae with Eros

 

Zevs
Illuminated Titian, Danae with Eros
2013

De Buck Gallery
Zevs, Visual Violations

 

Zevs
Visual Violations
2011

De Buck Gallery
Zevs, LDV Skull

 

Zevs
LDV Skull
2011

De Buck Gallery
Zevs, Liquidated Marlboro

 

Zevs
Liquidated Marlboro
2011

De Buck Gallery
 
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Zevs, Chanel

 

Zevs
Chanel, 2009
mixed media on enameled plaque

 

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Zevs, Goldman Sachs Liquidated

 

Zevs
Goldman Sachs Liquidated, 2010
liquitex on canvas

 

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Zevs, Hong Kong

 

Zevs
Hong Kong, 2009
c-print on aluminum

 

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1977   Born
  Anonymous French street artist
  Lives and works in Paris, France
2013   Cultural Hijack - AA Gallery - AA School of Architecture, London (England
2012   Détournement: Signs of the Times - Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY
Art & Toys – Collection Selim Varol - me Collectors Room Berlin, Berlin
Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon - Traffic, Dubai
Facetime - On Stellar Rays, New York City, NY
2011   Liquidated Version, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Selections, De Buck Gallery, NY
2009   Euro Liquidated, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (solo)
Visual Attack, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
La Force de l'Art 02, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Urban Art aus der Sammlung Reinking, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
2008   Electroshock, Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek, Copenhaguen, Denmark (solo)
TINA B. 2008 TINA B, The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Pragues, Czech Republic
Postcapitalism Kidnapping, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Radical Advertising NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany
2007   ZEVS, Lazarides Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Maison Européenne de la Photographie MEP, Paris, France (solo)
Visible Graffiti, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg, Germany
Graffiti, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
Wakin Up Nights, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland
Still on and non the wiser, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
Invisible shadow-performance, Maison rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France
Backjumps Libe issue 3, Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2006   Perpetual Ending, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France (solo)
Ugly winners, Galerie du jour Agnès b, Paris, France
Intersection des arts, Chapelle de la Pitié Salpetrière, Paris, France
Swish, Lazarides Gallery, London, UK
2005   Visual Kidnapping, Cérémonie de clôture, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (solo)
Street Magic, Inside Outside Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Heimspiel, Galerie Rebellminds, Berlin, Germany
I learned it from a talk show, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann. Paris, France
DIVA Paris, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
TAG THE SYSTEM, Galerie Beaurepaire, Paris, France
Heimspiel, Galerie Rebellminds, Berlin, Germany
The live issue II, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
La Galerie fête ses quinze ans, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
Santa Ghetto, POW, Londres, UK
2004   Electric Girl and the Shadows Rebell Minds Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Imposture légitime, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
Die Nacht ist meine Welt, Galerie Rebellminds, Berlin, Germany
GRAND-MASTER-GRAFF, Point Ephémère, Paris, France
9 points of the law, NGBK, Berlin, Germany
2003   Broken sunshine, Fire House, New York, NY (solo)
Art Crime Scene, Le triptyque, Paris, France (solo)
Aux portes de l'enfer, NIM, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie Agnès b., Paris, France
2002   Paris-Berlin, Galerie Rebellminds, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Nuit blanche, Paris, France
2001   ZEVS, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
Shadow Hunter, Vitrines des Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France (solo)
Expressure 4.2, Mama gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2000   Ideal room (A.P.A), Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
Web art, Galerie des filles du Calvaire, Paris, France
Attack of Montpellier, Borealis, Montpellier, France
1999   Movie: Warning may provoque damage, Maison Européenne de la Photographie MEP, Paris, France (solo)
Art urbain, Espace Typhaine, Paris, France