Contemporary Street Artist Hydrane gifts Paris with a new mural – text by Ivo Barraza Castaneda.

She signed the mural yesterday, using a stencil of bold typography with “HYDRANE” written in it. I was there earlier, at rue Legouve, in the 10th district of Paris. The artist at work, in the open air, is an artwork in itself, a performance, a transformation ritual witnessed with intrigue by Parisians as they pass by.  I documented Hydrane’s progress on her mural and shortly discussed the beauty and sorrow of street art ephemerality. I got to ask the artist how long she’s been doing her artwork, “Maybe 6 or 5 years”, she told me. I also asked if street art was always the format, and if not, what were the origins of her artistic practice. As a matter of fact, Hydrane started mostly working with collage, transitioning to painting media, and finally concluding by finding her current main media of expression; street art.

The beauty of Hydrane’s works lies in the relationship between her colors and shapes which fit foreignly in the classic Paris landscape. All of a sudden the grayish pink, so iconic and homogenous all around the city, becomes challenged by neon bio lime and innumerable other hues. The shapes, the technique is like a sort of DNA code, a portrait of the artist herself, if you were to find one of her street interventions in Paris, you would know you have encountered Hydrane.

Ivo Barraza Castaneda

Hello, my name is Ivo. My three favorite things in life are: Thinking deeply about visual creation. I like having long discussions of ideas that might reinvent the course of history. And finally, spending time with the people I love. Since I was a child, I was always involved in some activity around plastic arts, music and literature. That’s how I learned to sew by hand at the age of five, which later led me to focus on my main professional media: Fashion Design.