Clet Abraham – born 1966 France
Clet Abraham studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes and lives and works in Florence, Italy where he has his own studio.
Originally coming from the world of paintings and sculptures, Clet has moved on to putting street sign stickers in cities around the world. His philosophy is not to destroy, ruin, or invade with his artworks, but rather to be respectful and sometimes provocative. These interventions are made in order to wake up attention and create a dialogue.
Clet redirects traffic signs in order to create unique work with bright colors, marked with a hint of humor. His work is based on criticizing the strictness of signage, therefore he gives these signs a more humanistic dimension which symbolize rules and regulations. It is in Florence that he began this redirection, he cuts stickers in advance and sticks them on panels in Italian streets and cities.
In this way, he believes his peaceful works contribute to the street art of cultural and historical cities in all parts of the world. Some people call him a guerilla artist, as he mostly works by night when the chances to get caught are smaller, and because his actions are sometimes illegal.
His work can now be seen on the streets of European capitals such as Paris, Rome, London, Turin, Milan and Barcelona.