Parisian street artist C215 began spray painting his urban portraits in 2005. Using his multi-layered stencils and intricate detailing, C215 paints faces of the beggars, refugees and street kids often ignored by society. While their identities remain unknown, a feeling of familiarity is experienced when looking into his subjects’ eyes. C215’s portraiture occupies what he describes as the “non-places” of a city, utilizing the walls of a run-down building or the rough surface of a rusty metal door as a canvas. By allowing for the stencils to directly interact with the city’s urban detritus, the stories behind these faces unfold as they grow old and gradually disappear from the elements of the street




exhibitions with SMOA