Fafi is one of the preeminent female graffiti writers/street artists in the world. She has distinguished herself with a distinct cartoon style that has now become iconic. Born in Toulouse, France, Fafi’s work has gone from streets to galleries with even a few major collaborations with brands such as MAC cosmetics, Swatch watches, and LeSportSac. For the first time she is translating her style into the narrative form of a graphic novel. The Carmine Vault is a hardcover book written and illustrated by Fafi published by Rizzoli set to release on April 10, 2012. The book is available for pre-order now on the Rizzoli website.
Scroll down to view the three promotional videos that dropped today and below that is the official press release.
From the Rizzoli website:
About This Book
Fafi’s creative output has turned the definition of street art on its head. Exploring a class of female stereotypes through the sexy, aggressive, and stylized renderings of her Fafinettes, this demimonde has expanded into a fully realized fantasy world now peopled with a diversity of characters—female, male, and animal.
Fiercely feminine and extravagantly rendered in color, her particular style has won her global acclaim. Appealing to consumers of streetwear and high fashion, her art and designs can be found everywhere from the streets of Tokyo and New York, the boutiques of M.A.C. Cosmetics and Adidas, to the pages of Vogue, Elle, Nylon, and XLR8R. A favorite of Colette Paris, her work has been shown in the gallery of the Faubourg St-Honoré institution multiple times. As a multidisciplinary artist, Fafi has developed an international cult following that has transformed her from artist to brand.
Centered around a character called Birtak and his desire to join the Paris Opéra Ballet, The Carmine Vault brings to life Fafi’s colorful and irreverent world for the first time in a lavish graphic-novel format. Combining comic book elements with the prestige and allure of art books, the book employs elegant compositions and innovative printing effects to reproduce vivid, never-before-seen work from this celebrated artist.