Invader is the pioneering Parisian artist in the stratospheric street art. Born 1969, this French urban artist pastes up characters from and inspired by the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders game. His signature is a pixelated video game mosaics. Nowadays, more than 35 cities around the world have been invaded, and even the ocean floor! (pics below)
He started this project in 1998 with the invasion of Paris – the city where he lives and the most invaded city to date – and then spread the invasion to 31 other cities in France (such as Montpellier, Marseille, Avignon, Rennes, Bordeaux, Lille, Chartres, or Bastia…). London, Cologne, Geneva, Newcastle, Rome, Berlin, Lausanne, Barcelona, Bonn, Ljubljana, Vienna, Graz, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Manchester, Darlington, Istanbul are among the 22 other European cities which have been invaded. Throughout the world, São Paulo, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, Toronto, Bangkok, Tokyo, Katmandu, Varanasi, Melbourne, Perth and even Mombasa are now invaded with his colorful characters in mosaic tiles.
"The idea is to "invade" cities all over the world with characters inspired by first-generation arcade games, and especially the now classic Space Invaders. I make them out of tiles, meaning I can cement them to walls and keep the ultra-pixelated appearance." Invader