André Saraiva is a visual artist of Portuguese origin who began his career in the 80’s by spreading his graffiti art through the streets of Paris. He became known all over the world through his graffiti-artist alter ego, the tag Mr. A, a “funny, round face, with a huge smile and a wink that follows you everywhere” in a peculiar monochromatic shade of pink. His concept “Love Graffiti” consists of tags featuring the names of people whose love stories are shared with André in social media and which he immortalizes in the streets.

Beyond the art world – he made an appearance in the film Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by British artist Banksy – André has stretched his influence not only to the musical and nightclub scenes, transforming the nightlife in several large cities through the creation of romantic and utopic environments in his nightclubs Le Baron (Paris, New York, Tokyo), Le Bain (New York) and Castel (Paris), but also to the fashion world and luxury goods, having collaborated with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon, Chanel, Fendi, or Cartier – a transgression of the clichés that relegate graffiti and street art to marginality, to an underground culture. He is also the editor of magazine L’Officiel Hommes and designed two boutique hotels in Paris, Hôtel Amour and Grand Amour Hôtel in the iconic area of le Pigalle and a restaurant in New York, Café  Henrie.

Staying true to his own particular style, André Silva has also dabbled in other artistic domains, such as installation art, painting, prints, short films and video. His works have been exhibited in museums all around the world, with Palais Tokyo (Paris), Maison Kitsuné (Tokyo), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Circle Culture Gallery (Hamburg) and Anonymous Gallery (Mexico City).

In Portugal he organized a large installation in the Museum of Design and Fashion (MUDE) in 2014, exhibiting around 200 pieces. Much more recently, he inaugurated an exhibition in Jardim Botto Machado, near the Panteão Nacional, in another partnership with MUDE. It is a mural made up of 46.000 hand painted “azulejos” or ceramic tiles, a reinterpretation of the city of Lisbon.