Jean-Baptiste Launay, better known as Jisbar, is a French pop-street artist born in 1989. He lives and works between Paris and Lisboa.
Jisbar is famous worldwide for being the first ever artist to reinterpret classical art masterpiece figures (such as Mona Lisa, Frida Kahlo, Klimt or Warhol) with his personal style of pop and street art. This striking blend of influences shaped a clear and unique identity that inspires a lot of artists and brands across the world today. Each artwork surpasses the idea of a simple remake as it is enriched with words, slogans, numbers and codes that help create a new story to decrypt. It challenges every person who looks at it to find their own clues by focusing on every single detail. The abundant signs generate new angles inside which the spectator finds new elements and interpretations every time they look at the painting.
From San Francisco to the Gold Coast, from Teipei, Venice or Paris to London, Jisbar’s work is shown in many galleries all over the world. You can also find his art in well-known museums such as the Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi or the National Museum for the History of Immigration in Paris. In the Parisian museum, Jisbar introduced his piece “Love is the New Fame” to the then President of France François Hollande during an art exhibition condemning racism and antisemitism.
Jisbar is also known for his performance when he paid tribute to Leonardo da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of his death. Jisbar sent a new version of his reinterpreted Mona Lisa into space. The painting hovered 33.4 km above Earth for over an hour and a half. On this occasion he became the first ever artist to achieve this performance. His technical exploit was widely applauded though international media coverage.
His various collaborations with renowned brands such as BMW, Armani, LG, IKKS and even the World MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo are also world famous. and he has contributed to create unique experiences on every one of these occasions!
As a committed artist, Jisbar takes action every year to help universal causes such as the protection of the environment and the fight against racism. He participated in the #RaceAgainstCovid campaign organized by Ducati and donated his piece “Ducati Mona Lisa” at a charity auction to raise 170.000€ for the Sant’Orsola Polyclinic hospital in Bologna.
More recently he donated a new painting to the Téléthon, the 30-hour French charity event that takes place in early December every year to raise funds for neuromuscular diseases research.