Montreal Based Street Artist • Born in Lyon, France.
Dodo was initiated to art since his early age, passing long hours admiring the rich architecture of the city. He passed his adolescence in the south of France, where he develops his artistical skills and his taste for graffitis. He studies plastic arts in Cannes and he starts exhibiting his art in galleries. Driven by challenges, he decides to pursue his career in Montréal. Thrilled with the city creative atmosphere, he discovers there a real family within the A’Shop and K6A crew, two multidisciplinary collectives. He develops his own style and creates his own universe, blending the deepness of aerosol painting, the strength and the contrast this technique offers, to the soft and soothing colors of watercolors. Two techniques at the antipodes, that he manages to sublime. As innovating in his technique, as in the choice of his subjects, his pieces of art take the public in a surrealistic world, as romantic as oneiric, breathing the edgy sense of humor of the artist or his highly poetical touch. He imagines and creates pieces of art that associate the figurative to the imaginary. Trying to hand over the abstracts feelings that dances under our eyelid, his work inspire the Jungian energy of poetry and fantasy.
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
Freedom. I remember loving to chill with my parents and their friends at parties.
What is it like where you live?
I am always surrounded by artistic vibes. However, in my apartment, my walls are blank. I keep all my work in my studio.
What art mediums do you work with? Prefer most?
I have been exploring all type of mediums (watercolor, oil, spraypaint, acrylic, latex, etc.) for over 20 years, and now I like to merge them all together in a mix media technique. I chose the medium depending on the atmosphere I want to create.
What would you term your style? What makes you unique?
I would call my art neo-romanticism. I try to put the emotion forward in each piece I create. I love to play between realism and surrealism, and bring people into my universe.
Who/ What are your influences?
Mostly graffiti writers I used to work with every day such as Zek, Fluke, Ankhone, Scan, K6A crew, but also classic painters like István Sándorfi, Jeremy Geddes and Canadian impressionists like Tom Thomson.
What is your dream project?
Painting the sail of a boat. I have been trying to do this for many years and I am still looking for it.
What is the key to success when communicating your art to the public. What strong message to you hope to obtain with each piece?
Since I have been painting graffiti and murals for over 20 years in public spaces, my art is quite accessible and people naturally come and communicate with me with their best intentions. Either it’s a mural, a canvas or a graffiti piece, I want to create a bubble in which the viewer is captivated by the subject and his mind travels in my world. Also, I hope to create a sharing space between people through my art.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Once a man told me that he preferred when the wall was grey (haha)! Joke aside, I recently painted a mural in Saint John, New Brunswick. The artwork is untitled Clementine, both for the woman in the mural and for the spacecraft she is holding, as it was the first
Give us an example of when you thought outside of the box. How did it help your concept and implementation?
I have many examples in mind but I would say that brainstorming concepts is one of the things I love the most and do on the regular. Creativity is like a muscle, you always have to work it out. Ideas always come but the challenge is to filter and keep only the good ones. “Herbes de Provence” is also really good to boost creativity.
Share an effective approach to working with a large surface area. How has your approach affected your style and delivery?
Painting a large scale wall demands a lot of physical and material preparation. The most effective approach would be to take everything step by step to reach the final goal.
Walk us through your concept/ process – to delivery when working in a large scale format.
Basically, I being with a sketch and then try to fit it on the wall. And after is just having fun painting. I usually take one or two additional days once I’m done to check out the wall and add some details.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
I would say that Alex Scaner’s path and career inspired me the most. He helped me to have a bigger and better appreciation of the life I am living. Keep going. RIP Scan.
How does your work comment on current social or political issues?
My work is more about individualism so each person can relate it by their own emotions and feelings. Social or political statements can be found In my work but it is always put in a way that each person can relate to it on their own. That being said, I currently try to get closer to the nature as part of my new artistic approach.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Wood worker, barman, construction… As an artist, I still try to use some of these skills.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Do it like you do it.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
To have a long career as an artist.
What is your next big project?
It’s a secret but it involves animation and mapping. Stay tuned!