Christian Guémy alias C215 is a major French artist on the street art scene.
Forty years old, he lives in Vitry-sur-Seine where he has his workshops. He mainly works with stencil with a very recognizable style. Apart from his interventions in the streets of the whole world, he presents works painted on recycled objects in many galleries, in France and abroad.
Christian Guémy started stenciling in 2006. He participated in the MUR in 2007 and in 2013 produced a 25-meter painted wall in Paris, metro Nationale, representing a cat.
In 2013, he also painted the face of the Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira, then the target of racist attacks. Known internationally, Christian Guémy presents works painted on recycled objects in many galleries, in France and around the world.
In 2014 he was asked to create 20 illustrations for the game Far Cry 4 by Ubisoft.
His favorite subjects are childhood, the left behind, the anonymous, lovers, but also animals (dogs, cats and birds), which are particularly present in his urban paintings. His main role model is his daughter Nina, born in 2003.
His style ranges from duotones to the most colorful compositions. The dimensions of his works remain on a human scale, only rarely creating very large painted walls.
A fervent admirer of Caravage, C215 wants to put poetry and emotion in the heart of disembodied cities. His anonymous faces with expressive features testify to his need to rediscover a certain humanity.
“My works place the invisible among celebrities. Through these faces, I want passers-by to confront their own humanity.”
“The art of C215 is to capture light, depth and humanity. It is very difficult to achieve with stencil – his favorite medium – and rarely successful. This technique tends to flatten the images and make them static.
On the contrary, C215 has developed a style of illustration and cutting that reveals the deep personality of his subjects, bringing them an impressionistic light.
Although his technique is meticulous, in the finest sense of the word, C215’s art transcends pure form and seems to touch the very essence of the human soul. It is always a great pleasure for me to come across the works of C215 in the street.”
Shepard Fairey aka OBEY
From July 10 to October 8, 2018, urban artist C215 gives faces to the great figures honored at the Pantheon with the “Illustrious! C215 around the Pantheon”.
Follow a route in the crypt of the Pantheon then in the streets of the 5th arrondissement! You will go behind the scenes of the creation of C215 before leaving the monument to discover the portraits of 28 personalities.