Thierry Noir was born in 1958 in Lyon, France and relocated to Berlin in 1982.  In April 1984, Noir began to paint the Berlin Wall and is credited as being the first artist to do so.  Noir’s objective was to perform one real revolutionary act: To paint the Berlin wall.

Since the eighties, Noir’s exploits and highly distinctive visual language with its bold lines and vibrant, flat colours and have become world famous and have been immortalised in popular culture such as Wim Wenders’ 1987 film “The Wings of Desire” and the cover of U2’s album “Achtung Baby”.

Today Thierry Noir is increasingly recognised and celebrated as a key forerunner of the modern street art movement.

Chess is more than a game. If you consider that life is a game then Chess is like life. Complicated and simple at the same time. Everything is in chess: Sport, strategy, politics, warm and cold feeling, tragedy, error, joy and sadness, doubt and certainty. It looks like street painting and especially the Berlin Wall painting that started my life as an artist in April 1984.

Thierry Noir

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Thierry Noir Art Chess at Keith Haring exhibition photo credit World  Chess Hall of Fame
Thierry Noir Art Chess at Keith Haring exhibition
(photo credit World Chess Hall of Fame)
Sergey Karjakin in front of ice sculpture incprporating art by Thierry Noir at the Candidates Tournament, Berlin
GM Sergey Karjakin with the Thierry Noir Berlin Wall ice sculpture
Thierry Noir Art Chess at Keith Haring exhibition photo credit World  Chess Hall of Fame
Close up of Chess piece by Thierry Noir at Keith Haring exhibition
(photo credit World Chess Hall of Fame)
ice sculpture incprporating art by Thierry Noir at the Candidates Tournament, Berlin
Actual pieces of the Berlin Wall painted by Thierry Noir – Purling co-ordinated this sculpture for the World Chess Candidates’ Tournament Gala, Berlin

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