Ser \ Talks

One of the pioneers and most recognizable street-artists from Thessaloniki this month at the “Greek Street art – Talks”. It’s about the eclectic hybrid – as he characterizes his work and about his future plans. 

When and where did you start practicing the art of graffiti? Which was the uncatered need until then and when did you decide to go out and paint in outdoor places?
I used to draw comics from quite a young age (I still have a collection of monster sketches I drew when I was about ten years old). I began taking interest in Graffiti in 1993, when I discovered the world of hip-hop, and by extension the world of Graffiti.

Where are you from and how do you think your origin affected your job? Do you live in the city center?
I was born and raised in the center of Thessaloniki. Definitely, the urban environment stimulates more an urban-street artist.

How do you describe your work style and name an artist you admire.
My style is an old school eclectic hybrid Graffiti influenced by comics’ culture and pop surrealism – characterized by a dark mood but at the same time very satirical. I use an army of monstrous but somewhat benevolent characters usually commenting on the absurdity of human nature. Artist that I admire? There are many noteworthy Greeks and foreigners. Since I recently saw works up closely, I’ll tell you Takashi Murakami.

Your visual art is very characteristic, I believe that without even your signing those involved even a little would understand that it’s yours. Is it important for an artist to be specific?
For each artist what is important differs. For me, however, it is certainly very important to have a very personal style and I am glad that I have managed it to an extent.

The several creatures that you draw in which world do they live? Have you ever thought of creating a book with a specific story?
Huh, I’m still thinking what to call this world-universe. The book you mention is in my long-term plans. I want to develop further enough before the book takes a shape.

How many years do you work as a street-artist? Is it easy for someone in Greece to make a living out of it?
Professionally I’ve been involved for something more than 10 years. Of course, it’s not easy to work as an artist / freelance but if you love what you do and have patience and love everything’s possible. The past few years with the rise of street art worldwide things have improved considerably.

How are things in Thessaloniki? Do you believe that the Greek street art as a product is something that has found its place abroad or some things seem to slowly be happening now?
I no longer live permanently in Thessaloniki and I’m not sure if I have a full picture of the situation but I would say that the street art in Thessaloniki has seen better days. In a broader context, the Greek street art scene is dynamic with many remarkable artists in Greece and abroad respectively.

Your favorite collaboration except Simoni Fontana which I reckon is a lifetime relationship?
Yes indeed, Simoni apart from my artistic alter ego has been my wife for two years now. So it’s clearly about a relationship of a lifetime which I enjoy every day. Since then I cannot distinguish a collaboration because I have worked with so many remarkable artists and frankly I don’t know who to mention first.

In 10 years from now?
I would like to remain as creative and active as I am now. Oh and to have also released the book we talked about.

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For each artist what is important differs. For me, however, it is certainly very important to have a very personal style and I am glad that I have managed it to an extent.

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Professionally I’ve been involved for something more than 10 years. Of course, it’s not easy to work as an artist / freelance but if you love what you do and have patience and love everything’s possible.

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