Saype was born as Guillaume Legros in 1989 in Belfort (France) and currently lives in Bulle (Switzerland). Self-taught artist, he begins painting at the age of fourteen through graffiti. Rapidly, he works between the street and his studio, and exposes his first works in gallery at the age of sixteen.
He is considered as the pioneer of the land art movement with his gigantic biodegradable paintings on grass.
In 2016, he created the biggest land art painting in the world (10,000 square meters in Leysin) which gave him international recognition with over 200 press articles on this work.
In 2019, he was selected as one of the most influential personalities of the cultural world by Forbes (30 under 30).
In 2017, the swiss president Doris Leuthard thanked him for the social vision of his art.In 2018, the publishing house Gallimard worked with him to create his own book on the subject, called ‘Green Art’, and to highlight the innovative qualities of the biodegradable paint that he has created.
More recently, Saype made a huge land art painting dedicated to the refugee association SOS Mediterranée in Paris – a 15 000 sq m 100% biodegradable painting on the Champ de Mars, just under the Eiffel Tower. His project made waves with features in BBC News, Financial Times, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist etc.
For Saype, art must be a tool furthering social advances and helping social conflicts. ‘Our lives and acts are traces that we leave behind in this world, we must make them meaningful’ – Saype. He considers his work as a way to share his vision of the world and to invite us to wonder about our deep nature, our spirit, our place on earth and in the society.
In a polarised world where mental and physical walls are being erected, Saype launches the largest human chain ever created. Beyond Walls project shows interlaced hands united in a common effort for every human individuality to be granted rights of way and civil ones. The project conveys a universal message of plural humanity. The Paris fresco marks the beginning of a 3 years project visible in 20 international cities (Geneva, Berlin, London, Belfast, Buenos Aires etc..)
Land Art and Brands
Saype painted for the 8th step of his worldwide “Beyond Walls” project on a floating barge in the Golden Horn of the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey. Three frescoes were created using biodegradable pigments made out of charcoal, chalk, water and milk proteins. The Beyond Walls aims at creating the largest symbolic human chain around the world, promoting values such as togetherness, kindness and openness to the world. In Istanbul, this step links Europe to Asia: one artwork was created at Bogazici University (2500 Sq. m) on the European side of the country, a second one was created in the Beykoz district (1600 Sq. m) on the Asian side and the two of them were linked by an artwork painted on a floating barge in the Golden Horn of the Bosphorus (2200 Sq. m).
As shown on the FT Weekend cover, our artist Saype created the biggest public artwork under the Tour Eiffel, a 15 000 square meter biodegradable painting which is part of the international project “Beyond Walls”
In April 2020, Saype created this 3 000 square meters artwork in the alpine resort of Leysin in Switzerland. Through this giant land art painting, the artist aims to send a message of hope and positivity to the world in the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This giant biodegradable land art painting is the 6th step of Saype’s “Beyond Walls” project, aiming at creating the longest symbolic human chain around the world promoting values such as togetherness, kindness and openness to the world.
In 2019, Saype has joined the prestigious Forbes « 30 Under 30 » list in Art & Culture. Every year, it rewards the 30 most influential and promising personalities under the age of 30 in 20 different industries.
Our artist Saype was the face of the Lavazza’s campaign “Good to Earth” across 30 international
In 2018, Saype painted this fresco in the park La Perle du Lac in Geneva. The artist called the little girl ‘Future’ as a symbol of the generations from the future and the small origami boats that she drops into Lake Geneva aims to represent a message of hope sent to the world.
The second step of the project “Beyond Walls” took place in Andorra, where Saype painted a 5.000 square meters biodegradable fresco.
Our artist Saype collaborated with The Guardian for their campaign as the first national newspaper to use recyclable packaging.
In partnership with Grand Belfort, the Eurockéennes de Belfort invited Saype to produce a monumental fresco in the moats of the Porte de Brisach in Belfort, as a tribute to a city that has hosted artists and visitors that came for this major festival for 30 years.
In May 2019, Saype painted this fresco in the heart of Buenos Aires, San Martin Square, to highlight the importance of education in the treatment of waste and recycling.
This fresco was painted in June 2017 during Kufa’s Urban Art at Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg.
This fresco was painted in September 2018 during the Vevey Image Festival at La tour de Peilz, Vevey, Switzerland.
This fresco was painted in August 2018 during City Garden Festival in Voronezh, Russia.
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