Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Leo and Pipo

Street Artist Biography

Wheat Pasting

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Leo & Pipo have created some truly memorable and unforgettable wheat-paste art and collages. Leo & Pipo were not always engaged in artistic projects. As a matter of fact, they made music for a while before they were really involved in the art scene. It was not until May 2008 that they decided to create their first piece in Paris. As with most artists, this was not as successful as expected.
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Intrigued by the 1920's, 1940's, and 1950's, Leo & Pipo went on to continue creating these collages in a different manner. They approached their street art project with an innovating mind and combined old photographs with modern design and backgrounds. With this unique idea came progressive meaning and observations on to the urban scene. Family also means much to Leo & Pipo, in fact, most of their photographs revolved around a old family, friends, and flea market pictures. The individuals involved in the photographs are not necessarily important or known.

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The locations chosen by these artists are nothing special. Of course, Leo & Pipo always try chose new locations- locations which do not have previous artist interaction. Their work is precise and clever, often symbolizing the freedom to create and to "naturally" blend in the characters with their surroundings. The destruction of a previous piece is always inevitable. Some paste-ups last anywhere from a couple of days before they are either vandalized or removed, while other wheat-pastings may last up to a few years. This all depends on the circumstance and both artists believe once the piece is placed and pasted on to a wall then it will then belong to the streets.

As for their work being promoted, well Leo & Pipo prefer to discreetly release and paste a piece without quite promoting it. Therefore, once found, those individuals can feel the proud sensation and joy of discovering the new work of art.

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Source: streetartparis.org/blog/2012/05/16/interview-leo-pipo/

Leo & Pipo’s Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leoandpipo/
Leo & Pipo’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leo-Pipo/143959518993919

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