Christian Guémy born in Bondy (1973), otherwise known as C215, received a degree in Architecture, after having first studied Economics, which he later went on to receive a PhD in Art History. He now specialises in street art, and uses stencil art to produce his work, which he first used in 2006. C215 has become one of the most influential figures on the international street-art scene; with urban installations decorating the walls of cities around the world, an unmistakable technique and aesthetic which strictly began as a two-toned scheme, and later evolved into the current chromatic explosion that distinguishes his style today.
He focuses on close-up portraits of people, subjects to those of homeless, elderly, street children and refugees. He highlights the flaws is society, particularly from the views of people who are subjected to the harsher side of existence. His works have featured internationally, some of the cities where C215’s work has been created, painted, and displayed include: New Delhi, London, Istanbul, Fes, Rome, and Paris and in countries such as Brazil, Poland, Israel, and Morocco. The artist has participated in numerous exhibitions and festivals all over the world, showing in prestigious institutions like Palais de Tokyo (Paris), AFA Art Museum (Beijing) and MACRO Museum (Rome). In 2012, Paris’ Musée de La Poste exhibited his work alongside that of Banksy, Invader, and Shepard Fairey for the exhibition “Au-delà du street art”, and “Beyond Street Art”.