Thibaut Désiront, aka MEKA, was born in a small town in the East of France in 1981. He currently resides in Montreal. Graduating in Visual Communication, he immersed himself in the skateboarding and punk-rock countercultures, the former inspiring his first logo designs while the latter set the bases of his thick black lines. His work revolves around the repurposing of universally-known icons in order to inspire a reflexion that is understandable (even if open to multiple interpretations) by most.
In 2015, he unveiled « Push », his first solo show, a collection of 20+ paintings as well as a dozen other mixed-media pieces, all of them exploring the common themes of inspiration, positivity, and pushing one’s own limits – an organic follow-up to his famous "Keep Pushing" series.
Medias such as Be Street, The Hundreds, Computer Arts, High Snobiety and Tsugi have featured him and his art. (See a selection of press clippings here). He’s also been commissioned by heavyweights of the streetwear and sportswear industries such as Nike, Converse and Stüssy.
For more information on MEKA’s background, inspiration, work and life, refer to this interview with The Hundreds.
"Bold black lines and cartoon-inspired drawings is what defines the style of Meka, an illustrator we've been following for quite some time now. His latest series "Keep Pushing" is the synthesis of what defines him as an artist - well-executed pop-meets-skateboard mash-up."