Etienne Bardelli, the man also known as Akroe, first became famous for his graffiti and later earned esteemed success in the 2000s following his work with album covers.
He was born in a small town in Jura, in eastern France, in the midst of industrial ruins. At the age of 19, Bardelli moved to the Strasbourg Saint Denis area of Paris, where he still resides today. He is not one of those graffiti graphic artists who want to be exposed in a gallery by any means; illustration is of little interest to him. He prefers heavy, monumental installations which are often inspired by industrial design.