m. chat

 M. CHAT
  • biography
Discreet and unobtrusive, Monsieur Chat or M. Chat has been working on the streets since he was 15. His anonymity was broken in 2007 when he was caught painting his famous symbol – the cat. The man behind the mask was revealed to be Thoma Vuille, but he didn’t allow himself to be disturbed by this. Instead, he continued to exacerbate the already crystallized curiosity around the urban graphics of his increasingly present symbol.

Born in Boudry, in the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Chat began roaming the streets around 1987. He studied at the Institute of visual Arts of Orléans, graduating in 2001. In 1997, during one of the workshops, the grinning cat was born. In his, now omnipresent symbol, the culture of the neighborhood meets the never-ending optimism of the artist, making a combination that is easily recognizable and widely famous. His dream of uniting human beings, different as they might be, is now possible. That single unifying subject has been found, and he’s ever since on a mission of spreading that subject throughout the world. It was this kind of contagious optimism that nudged the film-maker Chris Marker into approaching the artist, and eventually making a documentary about him in 2004. Reflecting on France’s state after the 9/11, Marker used the phenomenon of the Chat’s cat to explore the sad feelings of the people, but to share some optimism as well. The attention was not focused on the artist, for once, as we do not need to know his personal history to be able to feel something upon seeing his work. In fact, the state of mind, or an attitude, or a philosophical aspiration, is represented through an image. Behind that image lies all the simplicity of a smile painted on a wall, and all the power that comes with it. Vuille keeps the drawing simple and the line clear. On the first sight, the cat looks like a logo. However, it can’t be reduced to a logo, as it’s so much more than that. Belonging to street art, it’s a character with a strong identity and many variations. A character that achieves a symbolic dimension through its simplicity.

Vuille shows no signs of slowing down. In March of 2016, he came in Hong Kong, China to paint a mural on the Hotel Jen on Queen’s Road West. The piece is 13×13 meters and is one his biggest so far. As always, he intended to bring humor and humanity to Hong Kong with his creations. Once anonymous, Monsieur Chat was forced to reveal his identity in 2007, when he was arrested. Since then, he has come to embrace his public profile without expressing any regrets for his past actions. Looking forward instead of backward, he takes his responsibilities seriously. Being unmasked opened new doors for him, and he didn’t lose any of his energy that was originally behind the creation of the iconic Smiling Cat.

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Marché Malassis

Mixed technics on Paris metro map - One of a kind original artwork

15" x 20" (37cm x 50cm) available
Zoom Transhumance

Transhumance

Acrylic, aerosol and gold layer on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

51" x 75" (130cm x 190cm) available
Zoom Conscient Palimpset

Conscient Palimpset

Mixed technics on canvas on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

39" x 39" (100cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Bambi and cats

Bambi and cats

Mixed technics on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

39" x 39" (100cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Langage des signes

Langage des signes

Mixed technics on canvas on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

35" x 35" (90cm x 90cm) available
Zoom Chat devil

Chat devil

Mixed technics on canvas on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

47" x 47" (120cm x 120cm) available
Zoom M. Chat Pezzy

M. Chat Pezzy

Mixed technics on canvas on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

47" x 47" (120cm x 120cm) available
Zoom M. Chat de Paris

M. Chat de Paris

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

75" x 51" (190cm x 130cm) available
Zoom Chat volant avec aérosol

Chat volant avec aérosol

Mixed technics on photograph - One of a kind original artwork

43" x 32" (110cm x 82cm) available
Zoom Chat avec aérosol

Chat avec aérosol

Mixed technics on photograph - One of a kind original artwork

43" x 32" (110cm x 82cm) available
Zoom SCULPTURE N°5

SCULPTURE N°5

Metal painted sculpture - One of a kind original artwork

71" x 59" x 8" (180cm x 150cm x 20cm) available
Zoom World - Chelsea

World - Chelsea

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

64" x 51" (162cm x 130cm) available
Zoom Dreaming of cash - 1

Dreaming of cash - 1

Acrylic on paper - One of a kind original artwork

26" x 26" (65cm x 65cm) available
Zoom Take the cash and go! - 1

Take the cash and go! - 1

Acrylic on paper - One of a kind original artwork

26" x 20" (65cm x 50cm) available
Zoom Le Chat volant

Le Chat volant

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

38" x 51" (97cm x 130cm) unavailable
Zoom World - Paris

World - Paris

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

64" x 51" (162cm x 130cm) available
Zoom Trio Parigot: Kay One / M. Chat / S. Pradinas

Trio Parigot: Kay One / M. Chat / S. Pradinas

Mixed technics on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

51" x 64" (130cm x 162cm) available
Zoom World - Bridge

World - Bridge

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

64" x 51" (162cm x 130cm) available
Zoom Le lien

Le lien

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm) available
Zoom Is no good

Is no good

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm) available
Zoom Cordon ombilical

Cordon ombilical

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm) available
Zoom Chat à la lune

Chat à la lune

Acrylic on paper - One of a kind original artwork

26" x 26" (65cm x 65cm) available

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