C215: The French Banksy?

Christian Guémy (aka C215), is a Parisian stencil artist who’s been in the graffiti game for over 20 years. Described as France’s answer to Banksy, his work is prolific, magnetic, and lyrical. Focusing mostly on portraits of people, he usually narrows in on one main type of character – those that society has forgotten or cast aside, such as the homeless, refugees, street urchins, and the elderly. He likes to put them in places where people can be drawn to them when they pay attention, but that can be easily overlooked as you pass by, and they exist in many cities all over the world such as Amsterdam, Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona.

Aside from street art, he also creates more commercial artwork that is exhibited in galleries and solo shows, capturing his subjects on canvas and wood. He’s also passed on his extraordinary talent to his daughter, Nina, who is also growing into becoming a talented stencil artist.

For a quick introduction to C215 and his work, click here.

Check out an interview with C215 here.

Visit his website for more.

This is just a small sample of his work:

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