French street artist Fafi has been captivating the world with her playful, colorful Fafinettes since she first started exerting her feminine presence in the hyper-masculine world of graffiti in 1994. Shes since gone on to collaborate with brands like MAC and Adidas, bringing her provocative, hyper-feminine style to a mainstream audience. Now, nearly two decades after the days when she would sneak out of her parents house to paint on the walls of Toulouse, shes fully fleshed out a world for her whimsical, playful girls to live and play in. Introducing The Carmine Vault, a new graphic novel from Rizzoli which follows the journey of her character, Birtak as he strives to become a danseur with the Paris Opera Ballet.
We stopped by The Hole gallery last night to peep her New York book signing (you can check out more about the gallery in our interview with New York Art Department's Arnaud Delecolle). Outside, a crowd of Fafi-enthusiasts crowded around the outside of the space and waited patiently for their chance to meet the artist. Word says that some fans waited upwards of an hour to have their book signed. Now THATS dedication and shows just how strongly people have responded to Fafis singular vision.
Inside the gallery, amid Holton Rowers truly psychedelic pour paintings (on view until May 26th), a colorful crowd of art fans and downtown kids sipped Belvedere Vodka cocktails with ginger syrup and mingled happily, including Leah McSweeney, founder of Married to the MOB clothing and Chromeos P-Thugg and Dave-1, whose younger brother A-Trak would later DJ the after party at Le Bain.
You can pick up an unsigned copy of The Carmine Vault for $29.95 (or $19.37 if you buy RIGHT NOW through Amazon.com GO!). Holton Rower's Pour Paintings are on view at The Hole (312 Bowery) until Saturday, May 26th.