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Jaybo is a self-taught artist originally from southern France. He ran away from his family home as a child, eventually settling in Berlin-Kreuzberg in the early 1980s.
He regards himself as ‘constantly in the picture’ of his work, which is made up of elements of pop art, graffiti, street art, Dadaism and Surrealism. Other identifiable influences include Francis Bacon and Walt Disney—as in the Mickey Mouse hands projected onto Berlin Cathedral. Jabyo himself describes these stylistic references as ‘visual reflexes.’
In the 1990s he founded the street wear label Irie Daily and a cultural magazine called Style, inspired by and in turn influencing Berlin youth culture. Even today, urban subculture is the driving force behind his artistic activities.
His work has been exhibited across Europe.