Born in Paris, Seth Globepainter began to express himself on the walls of his city in the mid-1990s. His preferred terrain was in the 20th district where he became known in the graffiti scene for his specialization of painting characters. Graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, in 2000, alongside Gautier Bischoff, Seth published the book Kapital, which to this day remains one of the best-selling monographs on French graffiti art. Together, they founded “Wasted Talent” in 2004, a publishing house that specializes in monographs of urban artists.
Before becoming a full-time artist, Seth Globalpainter worked in the creative industries: advertising, cartoons, and comics. Painting on the street was at first only a personal artistic diversion. However, starting in 2003, he went on a trip around the world to exchange with artists from different cultures and to explore new ways of living and painting in urban areas. This experience culminated in the book Globe Painter published in 2007, followed by the documentary series Les Nouveaux Explorateurs, which was produced and broadcast by Canal+, in which Seth presented the discovery of a country through the prism of its urban arts. For 5 years, he took part in travelling to 15 global destinations full of meaning.
During the course of his artistic explorations, Seth developed his distinct painting style, working often with the theme of childhood. Using the wall as a blank page, Seth relies on both his own individual realms of fantasy as well as a collective imagination – local gods, myths, and tales. The child becomes a spokesperson, a messenger of his investigations. He puts into play his image of innocence, and places his characters in difficult social, political and geographical contexts. Seth Globpainter presents an approach that often has dual meanings, yet is never cynical; an urban painter that confronts the state of the world in order to change it for the better.
“Made in Haiti” with Martha Cooper, Fabien Castanier Gallery | Miami, FL
“Chambrum Rangeum” Dorothy Circus Gallery | London & Rome – SOLO
“Mausa Vauban” UNESCO Mausa Vauban | Neuf-Brisach, France
“Like Child’s Play” MOCA | Shanghai, China – SOLO
“Urban Nation Berlin” Berlin, Germany
“Wall Drawings, Urban Icons” MAC | Lyon, France
“Range ta chambre” Intervention | Mira Lanza, Rome
“Icastica, Arezzo Art Festival 2015” Intervention, 999 gallery | Icastica
“Walking on a dream” Galerie Itinerrance | Paris, France – SOLO
“Looking through” Bund 18 | Shanghai, China
“In & out” Mac de Créteil
“Urban Legends” with Philippe Beaudelocque, Group show, MACRO | Rome, Italy
“Seth-Vilcollet” Galerie Geraldine Zberro | Paris, France
“Graffiti « Etats des Lieux »” with Philippe Beaudelocque, Galerie du Jour agnés.b | Paris, France
“Tour XIII” Group intervention, Galerie Itinerrance | Paris, France
“Les bains douches” Galerie Magda Danysz | Paris, France
“Les Entrailles du Palais” Palais de Tokyo | Paris, France
“Intramuros” Galerie Géraldine Zberro | Paris, France – SOLO
“Graffiti « Etats des Lieux »” Galerie du Jour agnés.b | Paris, France