C215 (Christian Guemy): The Interview

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We here are CultureHe(ART)s could not be more THRILLED than to announce that we got to interview a Street Art LEGEND Mr. Christian Guemy aka C215. He may be from Paris but you can find his works all over the world. From London to Bratislava and more, you may have come across his incredibly detailed stencilled Street Art, mostly of portraits (and cats) that range in subject from his daughter Nina (who too is a stencil artist) to the Old Master Caravaggio. But his work isn’t only on the streets. You too can find it in a plethora of galleries WORLD WIDE (right now he is showing work in London at Opera Gallery).

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Okayyy. Enough of his bio let’s get to the interview!

1.     When did you know you wanted to be an artist? Did you go to school and study art? Your ability to create such intricate and beautiful works is absolutely incredible. I never wanted to be an artist. I did my best not to become one. I studied History in Unversity and never been to art school. People told me I was one, they wanted to buy my works, so i accepted to become one.

2.     Where is your home base? Where can we see a lot of your works on the streets – any favourite city?? I live in vitry near Paris, a city where it is more easy to paint than in the capital. Thats why it is also my favorite city. I am happy to live in street art friendly city.

3.     I see you show in galleries on top of gracing us with outdoor work. Do you have a preference for creating street art or working on canvas? Or any other material for that matter… I do contextual art, so I like to paint on recycled objects, which, as in the streets, provide me a context to interact with.

4.     How did you come up with making stencil creations your main style? How has your style evolved over time? My stencils turned more and more complex with time. I would be bored repeating always the same thing or the same vision.

5.     I see you often depict your daughter in the works, Nina (below). It is as if she is your muse and inspiration. I find it refreshing. How does she feel being the star in your works (if you don’t mind me asking)/are we going to see her follow in her father’s footsteps in the future? Nina is 10, she is a little girl and I can’t really know precisely her feeling about that. We’ll see later what will be her opinion.

6.     If you could collaborate with one artist in the future to make a mural who would it be with (Does not have to be a street artist)? I would love to do a mural with my daughter when she will be older .. who knows ?

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Well guys, there you have it! Check out C215 on Facebook for more details on his latest projects and work and follow his Instagram @ChristianGuemy.

What a BRILLIANT and EXCITING way to start the week, eh?

XX, DP

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