"I've been arrested a few times, but I've never been in real trouble. Because what I do is the art and even if it is illegal, Art is a universal activity, and artists are generally respected." - Invader
Invader is a world-renowned street artist famous for his unique approach to street art - He creates art of mosaic images of characters from the 1970s video game “Space Invaders". In his own words: "I chose Invader as my pseudonym and I always appear behind a mask. As such, I can visit my own exhibitions without any visitors knowing who I really am even if I stand a few steps away from them. Since 1998, I have developed a large-scale project, code name: Space Invaders. In my own eyes, they are the perfect icons of our time, a time where digital technologies are the heartbeat of our world. As these creatures are made of pixels they are in some sorts ready-made for tile reproduction. Finally, their names are literally predestined for the project I have pioneered: they are “Space Invaders!” He has been leaving his trademark art (invading) all over the world, and simply putting smiles on people's faces, evoking nostalgia and childhood memories. Invader keeps his practice going in the service of the townsfolk, providing artwork that can be seen free of ticket fees. These ‘invasions’ began in Paris in 1998 and quickly spread to other cities in France. His works have now appeared in more than 30 countries around the world, most famously on the ‘D’ of the Hollywood sign, placed there on New Year’s Eve 1999.