Blek le Rat was born Xavier Prou in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris in 1952.
Considered the godfather of stencil art, he studied painting and architecture. He began his artwork in Paris in 1981. Since then he has had a great influence on today's graffiti and ‘guerilla art’ movements, his main motivation being social consciousness and the desire to bring the art to the people. British graffiti artist Banksy has acknowledged Blek's influence saying ‘every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier.'
Sybille Prou's film of Blek's 'Getting through the Walls' can be seen here
by Blek le Rat:
Getting through the Walls