French artist VAST centralizes love as the subject of his vibrant acrylic and marker-based paintings, stating that “love is something that affects everyone at all ages.” He disperses small, freestanding hearts and outstretched, embracing arms throughout an imaginary space that is constructed entirely by the overwhelming, explosive, and dynamic agglomeration of an abstract urban skeleton: ladders, cement blocks, and conduits weave playfully around one another, their bodies often culminating in a solid geometric form, such as a diamond or a cube.
VAST is a former graffiti artist who hails from Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean. There he attended Le Port School of Fine Arts while also developing a deep interest in the local art community. Since then, the artist has exhibited in galleries, hotels, and other local establishments on the island. While VAST has retired his spray paints for acrylics and canvases, he has maintained a variety of styles and techniques from the thriving graffiti scene in his hometown. One can see this influence in the bright colors, graphic interlocking symbols, and the overall message of community and peaceful living.