Instagram: @shab.cc

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Hey, I’m Shab! I’m from France in Haute Savoie, from a small village lost in the countryside. I’ve always liked to draw and paint since I was a kid. I started drawing using a pencil and then became interested in graffiti through parkour, an art of moving quickly in the street, where I saw a lot of graffiti.

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My style is mainly inspired by the faces and people that I meet, as well as my environment and my travels. I create a vision of a colourful world, illustrated by disproportionate characters and minimalist faces. I am inspired by my daily life, my encounters, and the environment in which I evolve. Each creation is seen as a way to freeze time, to transcribe a moment, an emotion.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I love to paint in the street, it gives me freedom and it creates great memories with my friends.

4. What is your artistic process like?

In terms of process, I let my imagination run wild, I put myself in a bubble to be able to search deep down for inspiration. 

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

I have a lot of people who inspire me, in traditional painting, I would say Picasso for his spontaneity, Fernand Léger for his compositions and Le Corbusier for his colours. Also, I admire the bodywork of Dozegreen, El Seed’s work and person, as well as Ricardo Cavolo. Ancient Egypt is also a great source of inspiration. 

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Painting is part of my life, I spend most of my time drawing and imagining what I could paint later. 

7. Where did you study?

I studied in Haute Savoie in the field of Carpentry and continued with a diploma in Design Product in Lyon. 

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I studied in Haute Savoie in the field of Carpentry and continued with a diploma in Design Product in Lyon. 

9. What about in ten?

I studied in Haute Savoie in the field of Carpentry and continued with a diploma in Design Product in Lyon. 

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I hope that I can leave a trace of my passage in every country I have the chance to visit 🙂

11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

I have two favorite dishes: my grandmother’s tagine as well as her tartiflette 

12. Favourite book?

The 4 Toltec chords

13. Favourite genre of music? 

My favourite music is rap. Depending on my mood I also really enjoy listening to techno. 

14. What are your hobbies? 

I love to parkour, go out with my friends and for sure, paint and draw.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

If I wasn’t an artist I would have probably turned out a gardener or I would have worked with animals.