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Death at 66 of Miss Tic, pioneer of urban art in France


DISAPPEARANCE – One of the great figures of street art, the visual artist and graphic artist was known for her Parisian stencils of monochrome women, accompanied by pungent aphorisms.

She was one of the eminences of urban art in France.

Miss Tic died Sunday morning, aged 66, from cancer, her family told Agence France-Presse.

Known for her silhouettes of dark, sexy and poetic women stencilled on the walls of the capital, Radhia Novat, whose real name was, started printing her art in 1985 in the streets of the Butte Montmartre, where she grew up, Marais, Montorgueil and Butte-aux-Cailles, after a stay in the United States.

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I came from street theatre, I liked this idea of ​​art in the street

", explained in 2011 to AFP this visual artist, with a matte complexion and beautiful black hair - like her heroines -, born from a Tunisian immigrant father and a Norman mother.

"I said to myself at first: 'I am going to write poems.'

Then: “We need images” with the poems.

I started with self-portraits, then I continued towards the other women”

, added the one who accompanied her stencils with incisive legends like

“I put on wall art to bombard words hearts”


Miss Tic in January 2006, a few months after the publication of her book,

Miss Tic in Paris



Regularly exhibited since 1986 in France and abroad, Miss Tic, whose pseudonym comes from the character Miss Tick, the witch from the

Picsou Band

created by Carl Barks for Disney, has experienced long years of hassle and trouble with the justice, the tag or the stencil being considered as a deterioration of goods.

For example, it was stopped in 1997 but ended up attracting the attention of major brands in the 2000s, particularly in the fashion world (Kenzo, Louis Vuitton).

In 2007, she designed the poster for the film

La fille coupé en deux

, by Claude Chabrol, while La Poste produced stamps inspired by her stencils in 2011. Some of her works were acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London , and the Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Paris, recalls its website.

Source: lefigaro

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