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Genius street artist Combo answered our questions in an exclusive interview

A couple of weeks ago we showed you a genius way street artist Combo – aka Culture Kidnapper – got his revenge on an anti-graffiti brigade in Paris.

While his original mural depicting Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews was being painted over by the anti-graffiti unit, Combo took a photo of the guy painting over his work and later painted him on the wall in a subtle (yet genius) protest to the city’s anti-graffiti policies.

We loved the cheek and the clever response from Combo, so we just had to ask him a few questions about how he became a street artist and what he’s up to now.

How did you get into street art?
I started to paint for a pretty dumb reason. At the time I was in junior high school. I had a French teacher who was a horrible person. I bought a spray paint can to vandalize her car. But the day I had that spray paint can with me, my friend and I weren’t able to find her car, she must have parked it elsewhere. And we were here with that unused can so we tried it on a wall in our quarter and we loved to paint so much, I haven’t stop painting for 12 years.

A lot of your work is politically motivated. Can you tell us what inspires you to do these pieces?
I’m essentially working on the news in order to bring another point of view. I do as caricaturists do; I listen the radio early and read all the newspapers so I can develop my point of view. When I’m working in other cities, I’m always looking for a local problem but in reality there are a lot of issues that we find everywhere because the world is interconnected.

What cities can we see your work in?
I’ve painted in Paris, Kiev, Hong Kong, Helsinki, Los Angeles…

How has your work evolved over the years?
Lately it has become darker, I think the world has darkened itself, and at this time we can feel it in the other artist’s works.

How do you see the role of the artist in society?
The artists are prisms and we can see the world through them, they can make you more open minded and make you see our life in a different way. They are like a window on a reality which is not ours. This window in architectural terms is also a difference between the dark ages and the renaissance.

What are you working on right now?
I keep working on my work and on the coexistence. I want to go beyond and try to demonstrate that the difference we have are common to all, because we are all different.

Follow Combo’s work on his website here, on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. And grab an exclusive giclee print of Combo’s ‘Graffiti Removal’ art here.

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