“I modified this sketch from a poster of a Soviet youth gathering. What interested me was that the original drawer, although Communist propagandist, was inspired by Western codes, repeating the figure of the Madonna and the child while adding a psychedelic typography. The universality of this drawing inspired me to paint it in different places along my travels: Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam and London. This was my way of paying tribute to one of the anonymous who created the masterpieces of Soviet realism under the yoke of an ideological and aesthetic dictatorship.” C215
Emotions, expressions, humanity, here is the vocabulary transcribed on canvas and walls by C215 alias Christian Guémy. Known as one of the legends of the urban Parisian scene, his works mix symbols of urban rejection. Street kids, homeless, drug-addicts, they are all waiting for time to fly by although it does not happen quickly enough. This is what conveys C215 in the form of a silent visual revolution.
His faces are of a flawless expression, accentuated by the addition of blazing colors, which defy the sadness of the gaze and question the viewer. As a muse, appear the features of his daughter, Nina. Far away from an urban writing vocabulary, it is humans who inspire C215, his misfortunes, concerns, daily life, especially the impact of this daily life on their expression and feelings.