The Freedom of a City Wall with Ches

The Freedom of a City Wall with Ches

March 25, 2022

Ches (1979), Spanish graffiti artist. The experience of this talented artist has led him to be part of graffiti groups during the period from 1994 to 2021. In the decade of the 90's, this street artist was known for painting in peculiar places around Spain, as well as being part of vandal art groups.


Although his career has changed over time and his work has been to paint murals with spray and airbrush on all types of supports. His paintings and sculptures are spread all over the world (Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Austria, China, Czech Republic and United States of America.


What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?

Since I was a child I had a passion for creating art. When I discovered graffiti in the 90's, I started painting on the street and those were my real beginnings in art, although I admit that I have studied Fine Art after that and I am passionate about creating any type of art. Over time I have been expanding my knowledge and techniques, taking graffiti to other media such as canvases and sculptures. But I recognize that the freest I feel is by painting a mural on the street.


What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?

Urban art in general pushed me in that direction. I hope the future brings the best. Though the hard work is paying off.

What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

I just want to say one thing, my life without creating art would be very empty.


Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?

Of course, it is very important that the people around you encourage you and accept your way of life.

When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?

Without a doubt spray paint is my favourite along with markers although I also really like airbrush, acrylic, oil and wood sculpture.


When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

Several at the same time.

How has your art evolved to be where it is today?

Evolution has been progressive and changing since the 90's.

What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

In my opinion, the challenges are the same at any time, you have to be positive and work so that your work bears fruit.


What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

Go ahead with what you like and do not waste time, because there is only one life

We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?

I think that happens to all artists.

There are times when you feel a little less secure and others when you are completely sure that the work is finished and you move on to the next.


Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?

Of course. This is very common in urban art and they always bring benefits for an artist's work.

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