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Young French street artist, Céz’Art composes his pieces like graphic melodies, playing with colors, shapes and materials, in search of a pure and powerful aesthetic.
Its dynamic and colorful universe is a real playground where Céz’Art expresses a personal, dreamlike and ﬁgurative vision of the animal theme and nature, as a return to the roots in the face of a world that is getting out of control.
Under the airs of a young first, Céz’Art reveals a real maturity and a very professional approach to his art. Willing to talk without being talkative, he likes to evoque the wild animals he loves and whose unenviable fate saddens him foremost.
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It is in homage to the latter that Céz’Art has integrated them into his works, giving them a leading role, presenting them in majestic, inspiring poses and adorned in their finest finery!
Thus masterful pieces such as the zebra unicorn, the lion, the leopard and the king panda.
Nature and wildlife are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the artist, who adds small pixels to these works as he creates his dreamlike creations. For Céz’Art, these pixels represent the progressive disappearance of endangered species, which, in the long run, will only exist in virtual mode.
A committed and generous artist, Céz’Art militates through his works by alerting public opinion about this destruction of the animal world by man. More generally, it is also in echo to a lack of nature, to a need to return to the wild, primal and instinctive world.
Meet with Céz Art
How do you define yourself? why so?
Above all, I would define myself ll as a free and independent creative. I’m passionate, so I do not want to label myself, as I like to do different things and vary the pleasures, I’m passionate. Nevertheless I mainly work in painting and divide my time between studio creation and street frescoes. One could thus qualify me as an urban or street artist, but also as a painter, a visual artist.
What’s your story? What brought you to painting?
For me it’s a family story, my grandfather and my father introduced me to painting and drawing at a very young age. I grew up surrounded with that and so it’s natural that I turned to artistic studies before becoming an artist myself, the path was all mapped out. Painting and creation are above all a passion of mine, something very natural and essential to my balance, a lifestyle inseparable from my daily life. Sometimes a means of expression to pass on ideas, to question, sometimes an outlet, a means of meditation or personal introspection.
What inspires you?
Everything and nothing, I’m like a sponge that absorbs everything around it. It can be an idea that comes out of nowhere that crosses my mind, a post I stumble upon on social media, a geometric pattern on the tile in a friend’s toilet (laughs)… In short, a lot of little everyday things that macerate in me to come out one day on the canvas. My creative process also integrates research and documentation on animals and more specifically on the species I choose to work with. This is often the starting point for the creation of a work of art.
What’s your favorite playground?
My pictorial playground is the animal bestiary, the diversity of life and nature, a universal and timeless theme inherent to man. But, as an urban artist, my playground is the world and the street is my canvas. During my interventions in street art, what I like the most is to symbolically give back a place to the animal in the urban world.
What equipment and techniques do you use?
For painting I work with acrylic, I mainly use the brush and spray paint can, sometimes stencil.
Which project has marked you the most? Why did you do it?
Every project is different and brings new things, but I would say it’s the big urban projects that I’m most excited about right now. Projects where I challenge myself to dream bigger and bigger. I’m thinking in particular of monumental fresco projects where I’ve had to create gigantic paintings more than 30 meters long on building façades, or one of my last frescoes on a whole building more than 12 meters high. Each time I had to push my limits, learn new techniques and change my way of working. It’s when you get into difficulties that you progress and evolve. After days or even weeks of work, I am particularly proud when the work is finished. I feel tiny next to it, it’s a unique feeling.
Who are the main artists who inspired you at the beginning?
At the beginning, I was very much influenced by the movements of the end of the 20th century: graffiti of course, Pop Art or free figuration. For urban art, I would say Banksy (necessarily) because he laid the foundations and revolutionized the discipline.
Which artists are you thrilled about today?
Many of my fellow street artists thrill me, but I particularly like the artists Bordalo II, Sonny, Okuda, Dulk, Pichiavo and Faith.
From your prospective, do you think that urban Art impact people’s life?
Of course it does! Urban art makes the city playful and aesthetic. Living in the midst of artwork is much more enjoyable than being surrounded by the grey concrete of our cities or the insipid advertisements that surround us. Urban art gives a soul to a wall, to a street where people live. It’s about making art part of everyday life.
Do you think that your work questions society? In which way?
In my recent creations I increasingly address the extinction of animal species. The animal disintegrates on the canvas, particularly through the pixels, to mark the change from the physical animal, alive and well, to its virtual representation, perhaps one day soon the only relic of an animal species resulting from billions of years of evolution, existing only digitally through the pixels of a screen. I try to question the spectator on the place of the animal in our present world and the common future that awaits us in relation to the climatic and natural upheavals generated by man.
Drip’in’s proposal is to bring urban Art to homes. Our iconic object is a white train, which we submit to the creativity of the artists. Why did you choose to collaborate to this « Cover It Project »?
The train/subway car is quite a symbol, the first New York graffiti were on trains, they are the beginnings of urban art, so what better to serve as a basis for our art. I liked the object and the concept right away! Especially since it was the first time I had heard of such massive art cars and the idea of making your own personal “Street Train” with different cars from different artists appealed to me a lot more. I work on the feeling of the projects and the people I work with and that was a direct match for me.
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