Christian Guémy is most famous as C215, an internationally praised urban artist. Born in 1973 in the suburbs of Paris, France, he considers himself more as a poet than a graffiti artist. Incidentally, his introduction to street art is demonstrating his sensibility and poetic mood. Indeed, he started covering the walls of his neighborhood with portraits of his estranged wife and daughter to show them his love after the couple’s split. Since 2006, his use of stencils and spray paint have evolved with him, the sadness in the portraits’ eyes turning into more positive feelings, revealing the healing wounds of the artist.
The Humanist culture and classic Fine Arts influences of C215 are explaining his taste for portraits. He uses vivid colors, as explosions of life, energy and joy. He selects the ugliest parts of the city in which to work, bringing hope, harmony and dream to the sad urban population. An activist of street art with positive vibes, he turned his city, Vitry-sur-Seine, into a popular stop for international street artists and art-friendly tourists. His subjects are often poetic, but also ecologist, political and social. He recently paid a moving tribute to the victims of the Charle Hebdo’s terrorist attack with smiling portraits. Grey walls covered in color in the same way traumas are turned into happiness, thanks to art. That is the main goal of C215.