André (artist)

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André Saraiva

(1971-07-02) July 2, 1971 (age 47)
Other namesMonsieur André
Monsieur A
OccupationGraffiti artist
Restaurant operator
Years active1989- present
Known forMr. A
Notable work
Mr A.
Spouse(s)Uffie (2008—2009)

André Saraiva (aka Monsieur André and Monsieur A; born 2 July 1971) known monomymously as Andre, is a Swedish graffiti artist, actor and director, hotelier, and restaurant operator.

Early life[edit]

André in Paris
André Saraiva's graffiti
André Saraiva, Singnature,100cmX100cm
André Saraiva, Pink, 2017

André Saraiva was born on 2 July 1971[1] in Uppsala, Sweden, where his Portuguese parents had fled the military regime of Salazar.[2] His mother was a translator and his father was a painter.[1] André moved to Paris at the age of 10, and started graffiti art at the age of thirteen.[3]



In 1989, André started tagging a top-hatted, stick figure character by the name of Mr. A on the streets of Paris, which earned him a reputation as a renowned graffiti artist.[1][4] According to André, he has drawn approximately 300,000 Mr. A characters since the inception of his career.[2]

André has been globally recognized for his work with graffiti. In 1989, André Saraiva won a competition organized by the French magazine L'Express. His graffiti spanned 3.20 × 2.15 meters of spray paint and stencils, which was selected among 25 other projects. He was featured on the cover of No. 2001 issue of L'Express. In 1997, he sold his paintings in a shop in Paris, from which he was spotted by Japanese patrons that brought him to the art scene of Tokyo.[1]

André's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums. In 2002, he opened the concept store "BlackBlock" in Paris at Palais de Tokyo ; a creation around which he organized concerts, parades and other performances, and whose profits were reinvested in new projects art.[1] In 2010, André appeared in Banksy's documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. In 2011, he participated in MoCA Los Angeles' Art in the Streets exhibition.[5] The same year, his work was also displayed at the Grand Palais, Paris and the 54th Venice Biennale.[6] In 2014, a solo retrospective dedicated to his work was held at the Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon.[7]


He has been commissioned to design luxury consumer goods, including goods made by Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Bally Shoe, Tiffany & Co, Sonia Rykiel, Levi's, Nike and Converse. His likeness has been featured in global marketing campaigns.[8] · [9] · [10]

Besides being a graffiti artist, André has served as the creative director and owner of clubs, hotels and restaurants in Paris, Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Shanghai and St. Tropez.[11]

From 2011 to 2015 he was the creative director for L'Officiel, a French fashion magazine.[12]

Conviction for vandalism[edit]

On April 1, 2015, André was convicted and fined for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park in California.[13] André posted photos of the graffiti on Instagram, and the website Modern Hiker and its readers aided the National Park Service in tracking down and identifying André's defacing of the boulder.[14][15] Before the conviction, André attempted to silence the reporting with legal threats.[16]

Personal life[edit]

André was formerly married to French/American electro and fashion designer, Uffie between 2008 and 2009.[17]


  • Cazals "Somebody Somewhere (Official Music Video), (2008) directed by André, starring Lou Doillon[18]
  • The Shoe (2011), directed by André[19][20][21]
  • Deadliest Catch (2012) directed by André[22]
  • New York La La La (2013) directed by André and Aaron Rose, for L'Officiel Hommes[23]
  • TV Baby "Wild Joy" (Official Music Video), (2013) directed by André[24]
  • Last Night at the Chelsea Hotel (2013), directed by André[25]
  • Rendez-Vous au Club Swan (2015), directed by André Saraiva, featuring Benjamin Millepied and Derek Blasberg[26]

André is also an actor, known for For Lovers Only (2011) and Hora Sagrada (2007).[27]

Further reading[edit]

  • Reisser, Mirko; Peters, Gerrit; Zahlmann, Heiko, eds. (2002). Urban Discipline 2002: Graffiti-Art. Urban Discipline: Graffiti-Art (in English and German). 3 (1st ed.). Hamburg (Germany): getting-up. p. 118. ISBN 3-00-009421-0.
  • Street Logos, Tristan Manco, Thames & Hudson, 2004, ISBN 0-500-28469-5
  • GQ 10 essential


  1. ^ a b c d e "André Saraiva, à la faveur de la nuit". Libération.
  2. ^ a b Katell Pouliquen, " André, graffeur gâté ", L'Express, November 1, 2004
  3. ^ Reisser, Mirko; Peters, Gerrit; Zahlmann, Heiko, eds. (2002). Urban Discipline 2002: Graffiti-Art. Urban Discipline: Graffiti-Art (in English and German). 3 (1st ed.). Hamburg (Germany): getting-up. p. 118. ISBN 3-00-009421-0.
  4. ^ "Interview with Andre Saraiva". The Talks.
  5. ^ "MOCA's 'Art in the Streets' Exhibit Invites Unwanted Graffiti". HuffingtonPost.
  6. ^ "Biographie d'André Saraiva". SoldArt.
  7. ^ thisislove. "MUDE". MUDE. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Chaplin, Julia. "ANDRÉ SARAIVA-graffitist". Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "André Saraiva Adds Breakfast to His Portfolio". Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Welch, Will (January 26, 2015). "Andre Saraiva, Editor, Club Owner, and International Playboy: Why I Go To the Fashion Shows". Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "André, le roi de la nuit, est un petit prince". December 31, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Guilbault, Laure (June 27, 2015). "André Saraiva Exits L'Officiel Hommes". Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Spiers, Katherine (April 15, 2015) "Artist "Mr. Andre" Pays Fine For Vandalizing Joshua Tree National Park." KCET. org. (Retrieved Apr 16, 2015.)
  14. ^ "LA Times". Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  15. ^ Schreiner, Casey (February 27, 2015). "Is Mr. Andre tagging in Joshua Tree?". Modern Hiker.
  16. ^ Schreiner, Casey (March 10, 2015). "Mr. Andre issues legal threat to Modern Hiker". Modern Hiker.
  17. ^ "Uffie Engaged to Monsieur Andre – The Whole Story".
  18. ^ "Lou Doillon X Andre X Romantics Cazals". Trendland. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  19. ^ "André Saraiva's Short Film, a Shoe-In for The Standard". Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  20. ^ "Shoe In: Andre Saraiva's Short Film The Shoe Premiered Last Night at The Standard". Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  21. ^ "Le Baron's André Saraiva Goes Shoe Crazy". Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  22. ^ "André Saraiva – Deadliest Catch Short Film | Video". Freshness Mag. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  23. ^ "{{ ($ && $ ? $[$root.lang].socialTitle : $root.seo.pageTitle | translate }}". Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  24. ^ "TV BABY: "WILD JOY" (OFFICIAL VIDEO) | MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES | NOISEY". Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  25. ^ "Last Night at the Chelsea Hotel by André Saraiva – purple TELEVISION". Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  26. ^ English, Vogue. "Berluti's Club Swann, by André Saraiva, Benjamin Millepied and Derek Blasberg at La Samaritaine". Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  27. ^ "André Saraiva". IMDb. Retrieved September 28, 2015.

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