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Blek le Rat: Xavier Prou was born in Paris, 1952. Prou began his artwork in 1981, painting stencils of rats on the walls of Paris streets. He described the rat as "the only free animal in the city," and one which "spreads the plague everywhere, just like street art." His name originates from the comic book Blek le Roc, using "rat" as an anagram for art.