Blek Le Rat, born Xavier Prou, 1952, is one of the first graffiti artists in Paris. He is acknowledged as the “Father of stencil graffiti”, and a legend in the street art scene. Banksy has underlined Blek Le Rat’s influence, saying “every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier”.