Fafi’s Gorgeous Graffiti Girls!

Published Date: February 14th, 2009
Category: Graphic Arts

By Melanie Ullman

Fafi was born and raised in Toulouse France – the home of another “graffiti girl”, Miss Van. She has been on the art scene since 1994 when she first witnessed the graffiti street art on her hometown walls. Inspired by the scenes depicted, she started her work and hasn’t looked back since.

Fafi’s style is quite unique. Fafi tends to depict women in various forms. She identifies a particular stereotype and will render it to create a “Fafi Girl”. She paints exaggerated stereotypes of women in a cute and “Fafi” way. Her style helped re-define the graffiti scene and open new doors with what the artwork could be.

After she drew the public eye upon her, she started to travel around the world. Europe, USA, Japan, Hong-Kong, all got “Fafi’ed”. Her work would appear around the world in galleries and advertisements. The world was truly her canvas!

Sony became infatuated with the cute and iconic figures Fafi would create and hired her to design a six-character toy set for their Time Capsule videogame set. This only furthered her career as she made the transition from two dimensional to three dimensional work. Other companies followed suit and she procured contracts from Collette, Coca-Cola, M.A.C cosmetics, Adidas and other companies for her figurines.

Fafi got a lot of press coverage as well during this time. She was featured in many prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Elle, XLR8R, and Yen. She then published a few books, Girls Rock (2003) and Love and Fafiness (2006). These prints are very successful and can be seen in libraries and museums to purchase.

Fafi entered a new stage in 2007 when she became a mother. She moved to Paris and a change in her work can be seen. Her Fafinettes not only are “Flygirls” but they can be seen in other life aspects. They can be a whole assortment of creations now Fafi calls it the “Carmine Vault” and invites everyone to enter her dreamy and peculiar world.

Click here to see some of Fafi’s gorgeous Graffiti Street Art!

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