miss. Teck, the pioneer of Parisian street art, has died at the age of 66

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Paris (AFP) – She no longer paints her stencils, but her silhouettes of dark, strong, beautiful and poetic women will always attract passers-by on the streets: Miss. Teck, a leading figure in Parisian street art, died Sunday at the age of 66.

His family announced to AFP his death, which occurred in Paris as a result of his illness. The news on social media is accompanied by a picture of the poet and plastic artist in her studio.

In March 2022, the photo shows the artist, regularly shown in France and abroad since 1986, smiling behind her round glasses, with short gray hair.

The black hair – which she herself wore for a long time – will surely be remembered by the general public for her heroines painted on the walls of the capital in particular, paving the way for many artists.

“I had a lot of respect for his career,” asserts on Twitter Christian Guémy, pseudonym C215, another French street art figure.

He salutes “one of the founders of stencil art”, who left “very soon”. “The walls of the 13th district (the 13th arrondissement, editor’s note) will never be the same again,” he said wistfully.

His 65-year-old colleague, Jeff Aerosol, cried on Instagram for his contemporary, who “fight the disease with great courage,” noting “many common moments since the beginning of the 1980s.”

Artist Miss Teck stands next to one of her works in her studio, January 31, 2006 in Paris Bertrand Jay AFP

Born to a Tunisian immigrant father and a Norman mother, Radhia Noafat, whose real name is Radia, began printing her art in 1985 in the streets of Butte-Montmartre – where she was raised -, Marais, Montorgueil and Butte-aux-Cailles, after staying in California.

“I come from street theatre, I loved this idea of ​​street art,” explained in 2011 to AFP this pale-skinned woman, who borrowed her nickname of witch Miss Tick from “La bande à Scrooge,” created by Karl Parks.

“Words of Hearts”

“First I said to myself: + I will write poems +. Then: + You need pictures + with poems. I started with self-portraits, then continued towards other women,” added the person who accompanied his works. From categorical legends such as “I put wall art to pound the words of the heart”, to his first picture on a wall in the 14th arrondissement, or “A man is a wolf to a man and a fool to a woman.”

“I use contemporary women a lot, the ones we see in fashion and advertising. Sometimes that is not well understood, when you are young and beautiful and you have things to say. But it is true that we sell what we want with beauty and I said to myself: + I’m going to put women to sell them hair +”, she continued The unrepentant chimney.

The actress is a beauty queen.  Tech, a Parisian street art figure, June 13, 2011 in Saint-Malo
The actress is a beauty queen. Tech, a Parisian street art figure, June 13, 2011 in Saint-Malo Cyril Foliot AFP/Archives

Its beginnings were marked by many years of hardship and hardship with the law, and the mark or stencil is seen as a deterioration of property. His arrest for this reason in 1997 resulted in a fine on him.

After this episode, she negotiates the urban spaces where she wants to work, refusing to be taken as a delinquent.

Her art, ephemeral or permanent, attracted major brands in the 2000s, particularly in the fashion world, collaborating with Kenzo, for a limited-edition shirt, or Louis Vuitton.

In 2007, she signed on to the poster of “La fille coupé en deux” by Claude Chabrol, participated in the 2010 edition of Petit Larousse by spelling out words in French and created a set of stamps with the post office on occasion for Women’s Rights Day in 2011.

Some of his work has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fund for Contemporary Art of the City of Paris.

She will also be one of the artists shown in the fall at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, on the occasion of an exhibition retracing 40 years of urban art in the capital.

And the date of his funeral, “which will be, according to his wish, open to the public” will be set later, according to his official account on Facebook.

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