Mode 2 (Mauritius, 1967) is a central figure in the history of graffiti. His charismatic style has left its mark on street art aesthetics and influenced many other artists.
Mode 2’s career began in 1984 in London, when he came to the fore on the Hip Hop scene. In 1987 he was rejected from London’s St. Martins College of Art and Design. However, he went off to Paris that same Spring '87 to work in computer graphics alongside Pierre Buffin; and also the same year one of Mode 2's works appeared on the front cover of the book “Spraycan Art” published by Thames & Hudson, which exported his name and style to every corner of the planet.
Mode 2’s work is immediately refreshing due to its lack of posturing and antagonism, concentrating instead on very different themes. Mode’s early artistic influences and inspirations come from his memories of his childhood and youth in Mauritius and London in the 70s which were highly influenced by the Punk and Dub Culture, as well as from comics and science fiction movies.
In the past 25 years, Mode 2 held several solo exhibitions in London (The Lazarides Gallery), Paris (Gallerie Issue) and other European cities, and participated in many group shows and other projects around the world. His work now enjoys cult status and features in major institutional exhibitions, most recently at „Art in the Streets“ at MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A.