M. Chat, France
The French Swiss painter and street art artist, Thoma Vuille, was born in 1972 in Boudry (Switzerland). He is the creator of the iconic M. Chat (“Monsieur Chat”, in English: “Mr Cat”), a feline character, which always smiles. M. Chat’s wall paintings were discovered in the streets of Orleans (France) for the first time. Since then Thoma Vuille has became M. Chat and gained rapid recognition and enormous popularity all over Europe and USA for his M. Chat character. On the contrary hardly anyone knows him, because he always wears a mask, a M. Chat mask, when he works in public.
M. Chat started street art at 15 years old and came into his cat idea in 1997 during a painting workshop in a school where a little girl drew a cat. Amused and inspired, he decided to start painting his own cat, on roofs and chimneys. Slowly he brings “these cats” down to the streets at eyes level (currently 60 wall paintings already in Paris). M. Chat’s aim is to bring humanity and optimism through this humorous character into our cities. The artist depicts his cartoon silhouette in different styles, with wings sometimes, alone or in company with other creatures and with backgrounds. M. Chat has developed a strong identity through simplicity of his artworks. M. Chat’s street artworks, paintings on canvas and drawings can be seen all over the world in galleries and in public space, including France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Balkan, Ukraine, Australia and USA. Now the smiling yellow cat makes a trip from Paris to Hong Kong for its first exhibition and live painting performances in Asia.
Witness one of the city’s largest wall paintings being drawn at Hotel Jen Hong Kong by Art Supermarket’s artist M. Chat: