France - lyon
Born in France in 1993, Alban Rotival aka AGRUME is a street artist from Lyon who began his practice with illustration and quickly discovered multiple horizons.
Art in an urban setting is then a way to develop his work on paper, and thus, to confront and connect it to an audience. Cities and their atmosphere, colors or architecture are so many points of departure giving rise to a quantity of ephemeral stories. The urban practice inscribes more his work in the real and links it to the society. Self-taught artist, Agrume paints, draws, engraves, glues and writes. An artistic practice that he conceives in its multidisciplinarity.
From a support and his experience, traces of time and memory, words, images are revealed from which emerges a universe, an atmosphere. A character melts into the atmosphere, into his environment, he does not put himself forward, he exists with what surrounds him. The poetry of an image unfolds and carries an emotion as a standard. It is then that oneiric representations, scenes of tales or softness, romantic tints and melancholic atmospheres predominate.
The written word takes an important part in the construction of the graphic work, and it is not rare that the image and the text answer each other through a title. This synthesis highlights and questions the place of the human being in his universe, his nature and his behavior, the memories and the relationship to time, the lie and the mystery, the animal and the vegetable, the ephemeral and the beauty of the moment.