Miss Van French, b. 1973

Miss Van is a visual artist. She started wall-painting at the age of 20, in 1993, initiating the feminine movement in Street Art. Originating from Toulouse, France, and having spent most of her artistic life in Barcelona, Miss Van has travelled the world painting her instantly recognisable women on the streets, as well as on canvas. She has exhibited extensively for decades worldwide in Europe, USA, Asia, and Latin America.

Miss Van’s recent artistic pursuits have taken her to Los Angeles, Miami, Spain, Chile, Istanbul, Hong Kong, and Brazil, which hallmarks a recent return to street art, after several years spent solely painting in the studio, charging her new works with increased depth, emotion and an elevated romantic darkness and delicacy. Her iconic sultry female characters reappear in sensual yet dark animal masks and evolving environments.

The characters created by Miss Van are halfway between women and girls, with an overflowing femininity and oozing eroticism, sensuality, provocation and a certain evilness on the verge of perversion. These dolls (“poupées”, as their creator calls them) are capricious and mischievous, but they also expel sensibility and sweetness. With them, Miss Van has created a universe from which men have been excluded, relegated to voyeurism and replaced by mild animals, evoking the pin-ups of the 1950s and in connection with the most common trends of American painting. 

Miss Van currently lives and works in Barcelona.