Two very different portraits on the streets of the 13th arrondissement. The red and black stencil, glimpsed between the pillars of the elevated metro line, is Rise Above Rebel by Shepard Fairey, a giant version of one of his limited edition posters. It’s a bold, graphic image, as much symbol as portrait, described by the artist (in an interview here) as representing someone who has risen above oppression.
The charcoal image on Rue Nationale is by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, a Cuban-American artist currently resident in Barcelona. It’s a gentle, thoughtful portrait, chosen from a portfolio of suggested projects by a poll of local residents. And yes, it really is a charcoal drawing on a huge scale. You can see the artist at work here