The French artist Ludo (1976, Paris), currently living and working in Paris, is one of the most innovative and promising on the urban art scene. He has left his mark in major cities throughout the world, with surreal and bewildering works that are perfectly integrated with the context in which he places them. His work, often called Nature’s Revenge, connects the world of plants and animals with our technological universe and “quest for modernism”. It speaks about what surrounds us, what affects us and tries to highlight some kind of humility.
Ludo’s creatures emerge from greyscale images fused with an acid green hue that is poured out onto the paper; drawn with the precision of botanical illustrations, his new order of hybrid organisms are both elegant and fierce. Armoured vehicles spawn stag beetle horns; carnivorous plants bare rows of hunting-knife teeth; bees hover, hidden behind gas masks and goggles; automatic weapons crown the head of sunflowers; human skulls cluster together like grapes. Ludo’s work aspires to jolt us out of a longstanding collective denial: despite repeated natural disasters, we refuse to acknowledge our own fragile state. Humanity’s reign on this planet is a dangerous and fleeting illusion.
Ludo has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and participated to several festivals and art projects: among his latest participations are, ‘Fine Line’ StolenSpace Gallery (London, 2020), Ephemera (Installation) at Power Station of Art Museum (Shanghai, 2016), Futurama (Installation) at Power Station of Art Museum (Shanghai, 2015), Destructionis Hostis Vespa at White Walls (San Francisco, USA, 2013), Ex Situ at Centre Pompidou (Paris, França, 2013) and Art From the Streets at CAFA Museum, (Beijing, 2016). He has also participated to several festivals, biennales and art projects such as Urban Art Biennale (Völklinger Hütte,2015), Le M.U.R. (Paris, 2010).