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Andre Saraiva : Graffiti Life
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Graffiti and visual artist Andre Saraiva is well known for his street art alter-ego "Mr. A." He is also owner of the Le Baron New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo clubs and newly opened Cafe Henrie in New York.

Olivier Zahm was an art critic for Artforum and Flash Art before co-founding Purple magazine in 1992 with Elein Fleiss. Zahm currently continues to be the head of Purple Fashion Magazine as well as working as an artistic director for fashion brands such as Yves Saint Laurent.

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"Clad in a top hat with a noodle-like figure and grimacing face is the ubiquitous Mr. A character that can be seen on the facade of historic buildings in Paris or on the streets of New York City's Chinatown neighborhood. From dream concert posters to sprawling murals, the character lives on any medium that its creator wishes for the public to view." -HYPEBEAST.COM
"Clad in a top hat with a noodle-like figure and grimacing face is the ubiquitous Mr. A character that can be seen on the facade of historic buildings in Paris or on the streets of New York City's Chinatown neighborhood. From dream concert posters to sprawling murals, the character lives on any medium that its creator wishes for the public to view." -HYPEBEAST.COM

"In 1986, when Andre Saraiva was 15 years old, the Swedish-French rascal started tagging "Mr. A" around the streets of Paris. His graffiti quickly turned from a hobby into a job. Within a few years, Saraiva started winning awards for his art and getting commissions from stores and museums around the world. Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Tiffany Co. took note, tapping Saraiva to put a modern twist on silk shawls and quilted handbags. His first monograph, A Graffiti Life, comes courtesy of Rizzoli. Including essays by Virgil Abloh and Jeffrey Deitch, the 320-page book covers both Mr. A's graffiti and Saraiva's nightlife career (he's opened bars and clubs in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and London)." -AIRMAIL.COM
"Andre Saraiva has worn many hats: club owner, hotelier, entrepreneur, graffiti artist. His inaugural book is a retrospect of his career as the latter. The 320-page tome includes photographs of his graffiti (including his alter ego Mr. A) on the streets of Paris, New York, and London; collaborations with high-end designers like Chanel and Louis Vuitton; and even "diplomas" (a.k.a. tickets) he's received from various authorities. Contributions include words by the late Virgil Abloh, Jeffrey Deitch, and others." -NEW YORK MAGAZINE

"Clad in a top hat with a noodle-like figure and grimacing face is the ubiquitous Mr. A character that can be seen on the facade of historic buildings in Paris or on the streets of New York City's Chinatown neighborhood. From dream concert posters to sprawling murals, the character lives on any medium that its creator wishes for the public to view." -HYPEBEAST.COM

"In 1986, when Andre Saraiva was 15 years old, the Swedish-French rascal started tagging "Mr. A" around the streets of Paris. His graffiti quickly turned from a hobby into a job. Within a few years, Saraiva started winning awards for his art and getting commissions from stores and museums around the world. Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Tiffany Co. took note, tapping Saraiva to put a modern twist on silk shawls and quilted handbags. His first monograph, A Graffiti Life, comes courtesy of Rizzoli. Including essays by Virgil Abloh and Jeffrey Deitch, the 320-page book covers both Mr. A's graffiti and Saraiva's nightlife career (he's opened bars and clubs in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and London)." -AIRMAIL.COM

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