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Blek Le Rat

Xavier Prou alias Blek Le Rat was born in France in 1951 was one of the first graffiti artists in Paris and is considered as the founder of the international stencil art movement. Blek's first stencils were black rats, seen to be running along the walls throughout the centre of Paris. The rat, also an anagram for 'art', is in Blek's mind "the only animal to survive the apocalypse". In 1983 Blek began to paint life-size stencils, which alongside his rats, have influenced generations of street artists around the world.