“I define myself as an ULA, an unidentified living artist. 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.”
Invader is a graduate of the Parisian art school Ecolé des Beaux-Arts. He has ‘invaded’ more than 60 cities in 30 countries by cementing his style in many highly visible locations. His work, composed of square ceramic tiles, is inspired by the pixilated video game characters from the late 1970s to early 1980s. His name is derived from the 1978 arcade game of Space Invaders.
In 2004 Invader began working on what he calls “Rubikcubism”, using the famous cubes to make artwork. He uses a computer to overlay an image onto the cubes in order to work out the exact position of the six colours.
Invader, whose parents believe he is a tiler in the construction business, has had solo exhibitions in Europe, Australia, Asia and the US and Space Invader tours have been organised in Paris.
Although he remains relatively incognito, Invader documents each ‘invasion’ and has published books and maps of the location of each of his street mosaics. He often places his art out of reach to prevent its removal by those with intentions to profit from his work, “Street pieces are made for the street and for the people in the street to enjoy them.”
Invader is passionate about pursuing his street art and is often arrested in the process of installing an artwork.
“Game is not Over!”