1973, France. Lives and works in Paris.
Painter. Born as Christian Guémy, the Paris-based French street artist known as C215 has swiftly moved into being one of the top stencil artists in the world. He is considered one of the top veterans still in the game. His work consists mainly of close up portraits of people. C215’s subjects are typically those such as beggars, homeless people, refugees, street kids and the elderly. The rationale behind this choice of subject is to draw attention to those that society has forgotten about. C215 says that the most important parts of the stencil are the feelings within, the expression of the eyes, and the story behind. He believes that “urban art” is simply the sharing of artwork with others against gentrification and standardization. Putting life in the streets through art is also part of adding to the aesthetic of the everyday. C215 is a prolific street artist and has practiced his art in cities all over the world. His stencils may be seen in the streets and galleries worldwide.