MATAONE (Belgium)

MATAONE started painting in 1996 after seeing the hip hop documentary Style Wars. Born and living in Renaix, a small city in Belgium near the French border he represents C3P Crew from Paris, Dirty Crew from Brussels, 13 Crowns from Pattaya, and the AI-Lab, his home town collective.

His style of graffiti letters is layered 3D combined with photorealistic images. Working with a dark undertone and a sense of irony gives his work the possibility of interpretation. In both characters and letter style he puts a lot of time and work to make them technically outstanding, which he believe makes it hard to copy. If a painting tells a thousand words and words are the most powerful weapon, that’s why MATA paints words.