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Christophe Aghirre, better known as ZEVS is a contemporary urban artist. He was born on 17 November 1977 in Saverne in eastern France. At the beginning of his career ZEVS likes to do graffiti in the mouths of subway trains or even in the street, but his style is not yet well defined. In 1991, he was almost run over by a RER A train called ‘ZEUS’, so he found his artist’s name: ZEVS, pronounced ‘Zeus’ in homage to this RER train.

Three major works have so far marked his career: ‘Visual Attacks’, ‘Visual Kidnapping’ and ‘Liquidated Logo’. In 2001, the artist created ‘Visual Attacks’, in which he created icons for advertising posters by bombarding a red dot on the foreheads of his victims. In 2004 the artist made his ‘Visual Kidnapping’: he decided to cut out the poster of the muse of the LAVAZZA cafes which was 15 meters high and which was located at the famous Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany. He wrote ‘VISUAL KIDNAPPING PAY NOW’ and demanded a ransom of 500 000€. This muse was later exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo.

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In 2006, ZEVS starts a new project, the ‘Liquidated Logos’. The principle is to paint logos of famous brands and let the paint flow. In 2009, ZEVS made a name for itself in Hong Kong by painting the Chanel logo on an Armani store. This work will cost him two weeks in prison, a passport withdrawal and the duty to erase his work. Positive point in the story? The artist was given media coverage as far away as France, which allowed him to promote his career.

Today known and recognized throughout the world, he exhibits his works all over the world, in Germany, the Netherlands, New York or Dubai for example!

The STREET ART department of Aguttes was created in 2011, in order to respond to a growing demand on the art market. If you would like to include a work from ZEVS, do not hesitate to contact Ophélie Guillerot (Neuilly sur Seine) or Agathe THOMAS (Lyon), who are in charge of the Street Art department at Aguttes.

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