Born in Bondy in 1973, Christian Guémy earned a degree in Architecture History and Theory after having first studied Economics, and then went on to receive a PhD in Art History. He began his artistic career in 2005, developing an extremely personal style characterized by the use of stencils. Over time, he transitioned from creating strictly in black and white to a two-toned scheme, and finally settled on the current chromatic explosion that distinguishes his style today.
His work, distinct as it is historic, sociological as it is artistic, represents the creation of strongly contextual art, intertwined with the urban and cultural fabric of each place in which it is created. Through portraiture and the masterful intersection of lines, the artist manages to capture his subjects’ deepest expressions; each feature becomes a sign of the life these people have lived, generating emotions and emphatically communicating with whoever views them. Guémy depicts everyday people in their most authentic capacities, delving into the humility and depth of the social fabric. It is in these elements that we can observe his strong passion for Caravaggio and the influence of Romanticism.
In Christian Guémy’s works, therefore, we find the fusion of different artistic elements that orbit around the reading of emotions and the celebration of sensitivity.
C215 has participated in the exhibition Au-delà du street art at Musée de La Poste in Paris: his work was shown alongside that of Banksy, Invader, and Shepard Fairey. In 2014, his work was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roma (MACRO).