On Friday André Saraiva is debuting an Azulejos (Portugese ceramic tile) mural in Lisbon, where the artist has spent the better part of the last year. It’s the biggest of its kind, and possibly the most complete work in his prolific career (he referred to it as his Sistine Chapel), covering all of the styles we’re used to seeing. Ahead of the unveiling of this opus, we looked at the influence of Saraiva across art, fashion, and hospitality. While his creative output extends to everything from pop-up clubs with Paul Sevigny to sock collaborations, we picked our favorite ways to experience Saraiva’s aesthetic:
Hotel Grand Amour / Paris
For his latest project, Saraiva decided to create a ‘grown up’ version of his first hotel, Hotel Amour. Each room in the hotel is unique, but Andre’s personality is still evident throughout the hotel. Famous French artwork, charming areas to lounge with well-designed furniture, and a lot of pink and blue.
Café Henrie / New York
As a nod to the NYC neighborhood where he stayed and worked, Saraiva decided to open a coffee shop where his vast network of friends could all meet. Café Henrie was an instant hit, quickly launching a food menu featuring health-conscious bites like veggie bowls and avocado toast. Though the location occasionally hosts a party (they do serve alcohol), it’s the least clubby and most accessible of all of his projects.
Castel / Paris
Saraiva took over the legendary club in 2014 and turned it into one of the buzziest spots in Paris. The membership-only club has been host to many wild nights and fashion parties already, but it also offers two restaurants and a lounge. Naturally the place is outfitted with artwork, and also boasts a piano from the original iteration of the venue, which Serge Gainsbourg used to play.
Mr. A / Global
The most recognizable signature of André Saraiva is Mr. A, a character he conceived decades ago and which still sees prominent use across all of his new work. Often sporting a tophat and some slick shoes (Berluti, we assume), the best part of Mr. A is that you can spot him in the most random locations. Because everything Saraiva does goes back to his status as a street artist, and there’s no better way to experience his work as seeing it on the street.