Interview by Antoine Weber
Introduction by Ignacio Mackinze
Paris-based Colombian artist Alberto Vejarano aka Chanoir returned to working in the streets two years ago, aiming to enlarge the ‘expressive resources’ of his distinctive cats. A former student of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, he is aware that street art has a different logic to that of working in his atelier. Having stepped down from his ivory tower, motivated by a public and his friends, Chanoir is is also doing work for brands, which poses no problems for him – actually, quite the opposite – he sees it as a means to an ends, as a prolific way to gain recognition as an artist.