Born in Marseilles, Stephane Malka was inspired by urban spaces from a young age. Graffiti, a technique he adopted for over 10 years, lead him to discover the city and its untapped potential.
In the late 80’s, vacant lots were his playgrounds. He painted large-scale frescos in the contemporary ruins of Belleville and in the infamous artist squats of the “Ateliers Frigorifiques,” using various street skills and procesess including graffiti, accumulation, collage, and stencils the skin of walls. Returning to his hometown, he continued to invade the city with his art in numerous places, including art galleries. From this period, he kept a civil insurrection’s spirit, and a significant interest in neglected spaces, and a sense of urgency.
Stephane gratuated of his architectural degree in 2003 and founded his firm on the spot. Then, he started to collaborate with prestigious international firms such as Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Philippe Starck or Rem Koolhaas among others. The same year, he completed Top-Nest, a panoramic rooftop bar on the Galerie Lafayette installed and built on-site in only three days.
This experiences were a cornerstone for “Le Petit Pari(s)” experimental project, where he has developed theories of urban renewal based on architectural interventions within the city’s porosities, such as urban voids, blind walls, under bridges, or on rooftops. At the same time, he recycled a gas station into the art shop Black Block at the Palais de Tokyo Museum. In March 2014, he released his first book, a manifesto called “Le Petit Pari(s), an Architectural Kamasutra” ( Editions Courtes et Longues, Gallimard ). Multi-awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and the City Hall of Paris, his works are exhibited around the world in Galeries, National Museums such as La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris), MoMA (New-York City), Smolny Sobor (St-Petersburg), Museum Victoria (Melbourne) or MUBE and MIS (Sao Paulo).
Stephane Malka’s analysis and productions are focused on architectural productions, art installations, stage-design and lecture cycles.
Visit the Website: https://www.stephanemalka.com