The "comics" Caravaggio of stencil art
Christian Guémy, known professionally as C215. We speak of stencil art: someone will think of something like those metal letters used in elementary school. You used to colour the empty inside andletters, animals, balloons appeared. Somehow the gist is the same, of course, the "mask" is produced by the artist who then uses it in his super-fast impression on the chosen place.
Because almost always, despite having high artistic value, the works of street art are formally illegal, so the time factor is important. But then these "masks" also become the recognizable trademark of urban artists, their symbol which identifies them globally.
C215 is a little exception instead: he has always preferred more elaborate forms of expressive originality to the mass production that requires one's own signature, with the concurrent use of many masks and effects that surprise even the most expert eye of the stencil technique.
C215 has not only used the stencils but also worked with a variety of materials. He has a very important cultural background as well: in his works you can see tradition. For someone it may seem a rash statement, a real paradox, to say this of a street artist, but Guémy has also a Ph.D. in art history at the Sorbonne in Paris.
And in his works it is as if history interacts with the modern, the echoes of Caravaggio creep into the recesses of dark novel style. The visual power is total, enveloping, it shakes and hypnotizes. No matter if they are images of children, the homeless, soldiers, the bright world of colours blends on a wall, a box of telephone wires, a ruined column.
Melancholy bombs, ideas of immediate change, in some way Guémy is also a conceptual man and if you cross the colorful and explosive universe of shape you get to the substance of a complaint that aims to attract the eye on the outcasts (not by chance, for example, children are often the primary protagonists of his works).
Not the usual Marilyn, James Dean and all the icons that populate the imagination of stencil art, but the real world, the faces that live in tunnels and in the corners of houses.