Blek le Rat

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Blek le Rat - born Xavier Prou - (1952) is a French graffiti artist from Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris. Blek le Rat is considered one of the first graffiti artists in Paris, as well as the originator of stencil graffiti art. Blek’s identity was revealed to French authorities in 1991 when he was arrested while stencilling a replica of Caravaggio’s Madonna and child on a wall. Since then, Blek works exclusively with pre-stencilled posters. He has had a great influence on today’s graffiti art and guerrilla art, and is a big inspiration to British artist Banksy. His stencils tend to have a critical but humoristic message about today’s society.