André (artist)

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André Saraiva
André in Paris

André (aka Monsieur André and Monsieur A; born 1971 as André Saraiva) is a Swedish artist, hotelier, and a restaurant owner and operator. Born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1971, André’s career began in the mid-1980s on the streets of Paris, when he first started painting his graffiti on the walls of the city.[1] In 2015, André was fined by a U.S. District Court for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park in California.[2]


In 1989, André introduced a cheery, top-hatted, stick figure character by the name of Mr. A. As graffiti artist to paint a character or scene, he became known as one of the most active street artist in Paris[3] · .[4] He appears in the documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. His appearance was shot by Mr. Brainwash, the moniker of Paris-born, Los Angeles‒based filmmaker and street artist Thierry Guetta.

André’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the globe. He participated in MoCA Los Angeles' Art in the Streets exhibition in 2011.[5] The same year, his work was also on view at the Grand Palais, Paris and the 54th Venice Biennale.[6] In 2014 a solo retrospective at the Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon was organised.[7]

His iconic art direction has been commissioned for product collaborations with the world’s prestigious luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tiffany & Co, Sonia Rykiel, Levi’s, Nike and Converse. In addition, his likeness has been featured in global marketing campaigns.[8] · [9] · [10]

In addition to his career as an artist, André has served as the Creative Director and/or Owner for clubs, hotels and restaurants in Paris, Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai and St. Tropez.[11]

From 2011 to 2015 André also served as the Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief of French fashion magazine L'Officiel.[12]

Conviction for vandalism[edit]

On April 1, 2015, André was convicted and fined for vandalizing ancient rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park in California.[2] André had posted photos of his vandalizations on Instagram. The web site Modern Hiker and its readers aided the National Park Service in tracking down and identifying André's defacing of rocks in the park.[13] Before the conviction, André attempted to silence the reporting with legal threats.[14]

Personal life[edit]

André was formerly married to French/American electro artist, Uffie.[15]


Rendez-Vous au Club Swan (2015), directed by André Saraiva, featuring Benjamin Millepied and Derek Blasberg.[16]

New York La La La (2013) directed by André and Aaron Rose, for L'Officiel Hommes.[17]

TV Baby "Wild Joy" (Official Music Video), (2013) directed by André.[18]

Last Night at the Chelsea Hotel (2013), directed by André.[19]

Deadliest Catch directed by André.[20]

André directed The Shoe (2011)[21][22][23]

Cazals "Somebody Somewhere (Official Music Video), (2008) directed by André, starring Lou Doillon.[24]

André is also an actor, known for For Lovers Only (2011) and Hora Sagrada (2007).[25]

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b Spiers, Katherine (April 15, 2015) "Artist "Mr. Andre" Pays Fine For Vandalizing Joshua Tree National Park." KCET. org. (Retrieved 4-16-2015.)
  3. ^ "André Saraiva, à la faveur de la nuit". Libération. 
  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. 
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  13. ^ Schreiner, Casey (February 27, 2015). "Is Mr. Andre tagging in Joshua Tree?". Modern Hiker. 
  14. ^ Schreiner, Casey (March 10, 2015). "Mr. Andre issues legal threat to Modern Hiker". Modern Hiker. 
  15. ^ "Uffie Engaged to Monsieur Andre - The Whole Story". 
  16. ^ English, Vogue. "Berluti's Club Swann, by André Saraiva, Benjamin Millepied and Derek Blasberg at La Samaritaine". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  17. ^ "{{ ($ && $ ? $[$root.lang].socialTitle : $root.seo.pageTitle | translate }}". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  19. ^ "Last Night at the Chelsea Hotel by André Saraiva - purple TELEVISION". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  20. ^ "André Saraiva - Deadliest Catch Short Film | Video". Freshness Mag. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  21. ^ "André Saraiva's Short Film, a Shoe-In for The Standard". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  22. ^ "Shoe In: Andre Saraiva's Short Film The Shoe Premiered Last Night at The Standard". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  23. ^ "Le Baron's André Saraiva Goes Shoe Crazy". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  24. ^ "Lou Doillon X Andre X Romantics Cazals". Trendland. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  25. ^ "André Saraiva". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-09-28.