Blek Le Rat is a prominent French street artist and pioneer of the stencil art movement. Born in 1952 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Blek Le Rat began creating street art in the early 1980s, and quickly became known for his distinctive and highly detailed artworks created using stencils.
His art often features images of rats, which he sees as a symbol of both freedom and oppression. His work is political and socially engaged, and often explores themes of rebellion, power and revolution. He has been credited with influencing a generation of street artists, including Banksy, who has called Blek Le Rat "the godfather of stencil art".
The work of Blek Le Rat has been exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He has also collaborated with major brands and corporations, including Nike and Mercedes-Benz.
In recent years, Blek Le Rat has continued to push the boundaries of street art, exploring new techniques and approaches to his work. He remains an influential and highly respected figure in the art world, and his work continues to inspire and provoke audiences around the globe.