Engaged and poetic, look back on the work of the artist Miss Tic, disappeared this Sunday

Walking the streets of Paris, we often find ourselves in front of these women with a rebellious look and a poetic and political phrase. These women, the work of the artist Miss Tic, deliver a committed message. Look back on its path.


Miss Tic died on Sunday, May 22, at the age of 66 years. Radhia Novat, her real name, was born of a Tunisian immigrant father and a Norman mother, and began to spread her works in 1985 in the streets of the Butte-Montmartre, where she grew up, the Marais, Montorgueil and the Butte-aux-Cailles.


In the 1970s, she discovered street theater and then, in the early 1980s, spent time in the United States where graffiti, a branch of hip-hop culture, was born. Back in Paris, she had the idea of intervening in the public space when she saw the paintings of Fine Arts students posted in the street. Being part of a nascent artistic movement, she chose the stencil technique to quickly multiply her interventions and the visibility of her works. Nourished by poetry, she found her style by writing poems to which she added portraits of women, first self-portraits and then figures inspired by magazines, advertising or fashion.


© Miss Tic ADAGP 2020


The pseudonym Miss. Tic comes from the character of the same name, the witch of the “Scrooge Gang” created by Carl Barks for Disney. After many years of trouble with the law, tagging or stenciling being considered as a deterioration of property, she finally attracted the attention of major brands in the 2000s, especially in the fashion industry (Kenzo, Louis Vuitton).


Her works are also spotted by art galleries, including the Galerie du Jour, owned by fashion designer Agnès B. one of the first to exhibit her work. “Neither completely belonging to the history of street art, nor completely to that of graffiti“, for the specialist of street art and curator of exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, Hugo Vitrani, Miss. Tic is apart. “She represents a poetic vein of street art, with her word games put into drawings,” he continues.


© Miss Tic ADAGP 2020


I came from street theater, I liked this idea of art in the street,” explained in 2011 to AFP the visual artist. “I said to myself: first I will write poems. Then: we need images with the poems. I started with self-portraits, then I continued to other women,” added then the one who had the art of words, such as this quote: “I put on the art wall to bombard words hearts.



On his social networks, the announcement of his death is accompanied by a photo in his studio. “I had a lot of respect for his career,” said on Twitter, Christian Guémy, aka C215, another figure of French street art, saluting “one of the founders of stencil art.” “Her stencils became iconic, resolutely feminist, will continue to poetize our streets for a long time,” reacted on Twitter the new French Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak.






Featured photo : © Le Parisien/ Miss Tic ADAGP 2022

Passionnée par l’art et la mode, Hélène s’oriente vers une école de stylisme: l’Atelier Chardon-Savard. Elle complète ensuite sa formation par un MBA en Marketing à l’ISG. Elle a écrit pour le magazine Do it in Paris et se spécialise en rédaction d’articles concernant le luxe, l’art et la mode au sein de Luxus +.


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