Space Invader

Invader sees himself as a hacker of public space spreading a virus of mosaic.He believes that museums and galleries are not accessible to everyone, so deliberately makes his works public by installing them at street level for ordinary people to enjoy on a daily basis.

 

He was born in 1969, is the pseudonym of a French urban artist, whose work is modelled on the crude pixellation of 1970s–1980s 8-bit video game which he initially derived inspiration for his creations from video games that he played when he was growing up, particularly characters from Space Invaders, from which he took his name from the 1978 arcade gameSpace Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters.Games of the era were made with 8-bit graphics, and so lend themselves well to his method of each tile representing one pixel.

 

Although he prefers to remain incognito, often masked and largely at night.To guard his anonymity on camera during interviews, he pixellates his own image or wears a mask as a disguise.He claims that only a few people know his real name and his face and that his parents think he works as a tiler in the construction industry. His creations can be seen in many highly-visible locations in more than 65 cities in 33 countries.He documents each intervention in a city as an “Invasion”, and has published books and maps of the location of each of his street mosaics.