About the Work
Contemporary art bleeds easily into the lexicon of its peers — the inevitable intermesh of fine art, fashion, and music creates the international nightlife circuit that André Saraiva has dominated for three decades. His compelling world spans installation, performance, painting, and graffiti, illustrating the boldly blurred boundaries of contemporary creatives. Saraiva’s signature character ‘Mr. A’ is an image that explodes eerily, irreverently; his visual language borrowing kinesthesis from the environment of its original site-specific installations: the streets of Paris. Traditionally, graffiti vernacular and street art aesthetics have been met with friction in the art world’s white cube spaces, silent fears that the form dilutes the refinement that galleries ought to preserve. However, Saraiva’s cheeky embrace of multifaceted creativity successfully dismantles passé thinking — with a wink, he invites everyones to the party.
André Saraiva is a Portuguese graffiti artist whose signature character, a mischievous smiley face called Mr. A, was ubiquitous in France during the 1990s. An established hotelier, restaurateur, and nightlife pioneer, he worked alongside André Balasz to program, design, and curate New York hot-spot Le Bain at the Standard Hotel. Saraiva also marked his foray into the world of cinema in 2011 with his film debut The Shoe starring Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Leo Fitzpatrick, as well as later making an appearance in art documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. In 2012 Saraiva had his first New York solo show, “Love Letters,” at Half Gallery. Additional exhibitions include presentations at The Hole (New York), Anonymous Gallery (Mexico City), MUDE Museum (Lisbon), and MOCA (Los Angeles). He has helmed as the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of L’Officiel Hommes magazine, and has collaborated with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy among others.
Authentication & Resale
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Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.
All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.
Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.
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Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
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Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.
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