Benjamin Capdevielle (1977) | French | Contemporary art
Benjamin’s figurative universe is populated by iconic characters mostly drawn from US comics and Japanese mangas. Instead of the traditional almighty image their heroes reflect on us, those seem to be struggling in a world filled with doubt, violence, war, greed, pornography. Like the former Pop Art masters and more recently Takashi Murakami, whose work strongly inspires him, Benjamin offers a crude vision of the reality through the recuperation of symbols of the post-war era. Contaminated by what seem to be a modern "bug" (see the Mickey series), our heroes engage into actions and behaviors they once were fighting against.
A professional photographer, Benjamin knows well how to structure and compose canvases which he often splits in diptychs or triptychs. Through a mix of spray paint, acrylic and collage, he depicts explosive, bright and multi-layer scenes which often refer to Pop and Urban Art as well as to elements from the 20th century's popular culture.