How did you get started doing what you do?
I drew since I was a child. The first memories from that time is when I copied the heroes of comics such as Lucky Luke Morris and Lucian Fred Margerin. I also watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I had a skateboard, I listened without stopping my 2 singles discs with my records player’s child (“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” Culture Club and “La Danse Des Canards” J.J.Lionel). I remember that my father had shown me how to draw a hat reversing the figure 8 surmounted by the letter M. It’s certainly one of the reasons why I love typography. Another very important reason why I think I have continued to draw and, subsequently, put myself painting dates from the time when my teacher in elementary school didn’t want me to draw. This guy thought that my drawings were not so optimistic, too violent for his taste. For him, it was as if the children couldn’t perceive the reality of the world. It seems that for him, the children were asked to draw silly things and happy. All children draw! Imagine what it means for a child not being able to draw. I didn’t let me do by this dictator and I continued to draw.
How would you describe your creative style?
I think my style is at the crossroads of contemporary art, illustration, comics and graphics.
What’s your inspiration?
My brain never stops to think about art. I don’t know how it comes, I just feel that I want and what I need to do. It has to come out!
What is art to you?
All and nothing. The best and the worst. If I don’t express I die. That maybe why the art fascinates me so much.
How do you keep motivated?
I think how lucky I’m to do what I love.
How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
My family has no artistic culture. I grew up with the pub, animated drawings, comics, movies, rock’n’roll… everything that is popular culture. Later, I discovered a more elitist culture by reading art books and in museums. From my social background, I was ashamed to be seen as ignorant by those who claim to know and know what art is. It took me a long time before agreeing to return the popular culture in my work. Now I do not hesitate to take and mix all that can make sense in my work.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I do it first for me, to save my life. I’m not a cheater, I practice my art with sincerity but I’m modest so I use a lot of metaphors and labyrinthine paths to express what I have to say. I am clear about the future of our world, there is no escape. It remains to defend the humor and poetry. Of course, if my work brings emotions and that people appreciate I’m very happy and grateful. I would like the viewer who looks at my art, hear his music, perceive moving and tells him a new story every time he looks at it again. I hope my art gives intense sensations of ecstasy and destruction.
How have others reacted to your work?
We will know very quickly by reading feedback from your readers.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Have you noticed that people always have good advice? Advice they rarely apply for them! So I think it’s better not to listen to advice. I act according to my desires
What’s your dream project?
I want my paintings to be synesthetic. I would like my work to take a path that I have not yet had the chance to explore. As I’m a fan of music, my dream would be to do the album art. Another project that I have not completed would be to realize an experimental cartoon. In my wildest dreams, I imagine that my drawings and my paintings appear as sound and writing. My sound and my writing!
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