The pioneer of Paris Street Art Miss. Tic died at the age of 66

A Parisian street art character, miss. Tic died on Sunday aged 66 after an illness. The artist was known for her silhouettes of dark, beautiful, and poetic women that were stenciled on the walls of the capital.

She will no longer draw her stencils, but her silhouettes of dark, strong, beautiful and poetic women will always appeal to passers-by on the streets: Miss. Tic, a pioneering figure in Parisian street art, died on Sunday May 22 at the age of 66.

His death, which came after an illness in Paris, was told to AFP by his family. On her social networks, the news is accompanied by a photo of the poet and visual artist in her studio.

The photo, dated March 2022, shows the artist, who has been exhibited regularly in France and abroad since 1986, smiling behind her round glasses and with short gray hair.

The general public will surely remember the black hair of their heroines, which they themselves wore for a long time, which was drawn on the walls of the capital and paved the way for many artists.

“I had great respect for her career,” stresses Christian Guémy, aka C215, another French street art figure who pays tribute to “one of the founders of stencil art” on Twitter, considering that “the walls of the 13th centuryand (Borough, editor’s note) will never be the same”.

His 65-year-old colleague Jef Aerosol cried on Instagram for his contemporary who “fought the disease with so much courage” and recalled “so many moments together since the early 1980s”.

“I loved this idea of ​​street art”

“Your iconic, decidedly feminist templates will poeticize our streets for a long time to come,” responded the new Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak on Twitter, celebrating “a great artist”.

Born to a Tunisian immigrant father and a Norman mother, Radhia Novat, as her real name is, began her art in 1985 in the streets of Butte-Montmartre – where she grew up -, in the Marais, in Montorgueil and in Butte-aux-Cailles to print. after a stay in California.

“Coming from street theater, I liked this idea of ​​street art,” the sallow-skinned woman, who borrowed her pseudonym from the witch Miss Tick from La bande à Scrooge, told AFP in 2011.

“At first I thought, ‘I’m going to write poetry.’ Then: ‘It takes pictures’ with the poems. I started with self-portraits, then I moved on to the other women,” added the one who accompanies her works with succinct captions like “I have wall art for words bombed hearts.” for his first portrait on a wall of the 14th centuryand District or “the man is a wolf to man and a coward to woman”.

“I often use the contemporary woman that we see in fashion and advertising. Sometimes it’s not very well understood when you can be young and pretty and have things to say. But it’s true that we’re sold what we want with beauty girls. So I said to myself, ‘I’m going to get women to sell them poetry,'” continued this unrepentant smoker.

Cooperation with big brands

Its beginnings are marked by years of hardship and litigation, with the label or stencil being considered a deterioration of the merchandise. His arrest for this reason in 1997 earned him a fine. After this episode, she negotiates the urban spaces she wants to work in and refuses to be thought of as a delinquent.

Her ephemeral or enduring art attracted the big brands in the 2000s, particularly in the fashion world where she collaborated with Kenzo for a limited edition t-shirt or with Louis Vuitton.

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In 2007 she signed the poster for the film “La Fille coupé en deux” by Claude Chabrol, participated in the 2010 edition of Petit Larousse by illustrating words from the French language and, on occasion, created a stamp collection with the 2011 Women’s Rights Day mail .

Some of his works have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the City of Paris Contemporary Art Fund. She will also be one of the artists exhibited at the Paris City Hall in the autumn for an exhibition on 40 years of urban art in the capital.

The date of his funeral, “which he wishes to be public,” will be set later, according to his official Facebook account.

With AFP

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