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Lived/Active: France      Known for: street art-painting and sculpture, pop art themes

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Olivier Rizzo, better known under the pseudonym Graphito Speedy, is a French painter, born in 1961, making the junction between the free representation to the scene and street art of French eighties
After a very brief career as a designer, art director, and graphic advertising designer, he joined the group X-Moulinex in 1983 and left the following year.  His graffiti is executed in stencil or brush, and the characters are sketchy and dynamic (Zulu warriors stylized), approaching the paintings of Catalan designer Javier Mariscal or the American artist Keith Haring .

This "imaging Speedy" expressed with little devils with his red (sold on postcards) is the most experienced of multimedia, video art to explore and "digital" (Welcome to Venus, 2000) suggesting the universe Lefdup .

Graphito is much influenced by pop iconography. especially Disney, but also video games such as Tetris (see Graphito's Speech on the WALL in October 2010.

Speedy Graphito

Biography from Dreweatt Neate, Newbury (Donnington):
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Speedy Graphito is one of the pioneering French Street Artists of the early 80s. Similar to other street artists, he is inspired by Pop Art and the consumerist culture of Western society.

Through his work, Speedy Graphito satirizes our addiction with mass consumption and popular culture, as can be seen this work Mario where he has re-appropriated the iconic computer game character from Nintendo's Mario Brothers. There is currently a documentary in post-production about the Street Artist's life and work, which is set to debut in December 2011.

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