Biography of Jef Aérosol
Jean-François Perroy, better known under the pseudonym Jef Aérosol, was born in Nantes on 15 January 1957. He is a French stencil artist who was part of the first wave of street art in the 1980s. He painted his first stencil in Tours in 1982. He remains a pioneer and leader in this ephemeral art form, influencing many younger artists. Jef often creates portraits of well-known figures such as Elvis Presley, Gandhi, Lennon, Hendrix, Basquiat, Amalia Rodrigues, Dylan, etc. But most of his work focuses on anonymous people from the streets: musicians, passers-by, beggars, children, and so on. He paints life-size silhouettes in black-and-white, always with his famous and mysterious red arrow, his second signature and trademark.