Born in Mexico to travelling parents, Josep Escarrant (aka JS40) grew up in Africa, America and Europe. From an early age he starts soaking up the cultural and pictorial influences around him and develops a strong sense of social justice that will keep growing to this day.
After making a detour by the Central Saint Martins School of Arts and after some time working for the film industry, in France and the Caribbean, Josep Escarrant starts producing his original street art works.
JS40 considers his work to be folk art or naive art inspired by graffiti, Haitian vévés, forgotten Cuban pictograms, secret symbols and superstitions from around the world. Fascinated by syncretism, JS40 confronts these different sources of inspiration in trying to look for resonances and find new associations that would lead to new meanings.