PEZ (b.1981), Nantes,France
PEZ is an Illustrator, painter and graphic designer.The prodigious street artist was influenced at a young age by graffiti and hip hop culture and later a whole host of artists such as Klimpt, Magritte, Escher and Dali, Banksy, Kaws, Bua, Proch, Etam Cru and many more. Pez works to a rather unconventional process, the majority of the time Pez works 100% from his imagination and sometimes the process serves the idea and not the contrary. As a child, Pez used to hold his pencil incorrectly and his teacher would often punish him, he is still doing so and this isn’t going to change. His smaller sketches, with graphite crayons take 6 to 10 hours and larger works can take anywhere from 40 – 60 hours, sometimes much more depending on the piece. Pez adds a deliberate element of imperfection into his works to ensure that the works aren’t just aesthetic. In the nineties, he was doing throw ups, later he worked as a professional illustrator and continued to take inspiration from graffiti as well as contemporary artists when he started out as a professional artist. Today, he is renown internationally for his precise drawing skills, humorous subjects matter and detailed content. His works have become highly collectible worldwide.