Art Museum: I ♥ Miss Van

missvanAn artist’s impact is truly felt when their work becomes so familiar that it’s hard to remember what the world was like without it. When the Toulouse native and current Barcelona resident MISS VAN’s sultry female characters began to pop up on city center walls in the mid 1990s, they instantly possessed a timeless quality, as if women had always painted such graffiti in the streets. City residents developed relationships with their local MISS VAN characters. While MISS VAN’s work incurred the wrath of some feminists who found them offensive to women, on the whole it has a rare appeal that transcends gender-an appeal that also extends to the work that she shows in galleries.

Of course, MISS VAN’s formula-painting wide-eyed female characters in the street, often on their own and separate from any other graffiti in the area, and usually done in the non-standard graffiti medium of latex paint-hasn’t been around forever. Ingenuity and success is often a setup for others to poach, particularly if one’s innovation is a novel way of painting something with such instantly accessible and broad-ranging appeal as voluptuous women. So MISS VAN’s style and formula were imitated. And while she was quite comfortable painting in the busiest of city streets, it didn’t mean she was especially outgoing. Her characters kept evolving, becoming less cute and more dangerously alluring-their sexy aura made all the more complex by their increasingly ambiguous facial expressions. The more she moved into gallery work and could work with the nuances of more fragile media than the streets would allow (pencil, for one), her characters grew even more sensitive, subtle, and delicately rendered.

“I must say she is one of my favorite artists. I love her work. Some photos of some of her work below so you can check them out.”


For more on Miss Van check out her website @

“Oh So Fabulous!!”


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