Didier Chamizo: the perpetual painter

July 2, 2014

Didier Chamizo never stops. Never stops painting, speaking, or enjoying life. He speaks without stopping, about his life, his paintings. Chamizo is a character. Generous, sharp and attentive. “If I could, I would paint all day,” he says, revealing his paintings one by one and explaining their subjects, which range from mythology, to religion, showbiz and violence. Starting when he was just 17 years old, Chamizo's graphic style was influenced by the likes of Richard Di Rosa and Robert Combas, who were key figures in the Figuration Libre movement promoting free expression that Chamizo is such an advocate of. His whole life is devoted to art. Even during time spent in prison for participation in political protests, he led a team of inmates to paint the underground corridor that connects the Saint-Joseph and Saint-Paul prisons. chamizo11 He's since been pardoned for his crimes, and now everywhere in his workshop paintings with heavy weapons symbolise modern war. “They enable me to create ideas ad infinitum,” explains Chamizo. “My old paintings help me to rebound on other subjects, other colours. I also like to work in series where I assert myself with constraints - even form, even topic, even technique - and try to exceed them.” Each canvas he produces becomes an unimaginable construction where every detail counts. “Each sign, symbol, object that appears on my canvasses is useful,” he says. “I draw, I shade, I indicate movements of light. I return time and time again with my brush. And it is on the large sizes that I express myself more.” For Chamizo, art and freedom are the only things that matter. [gallery link="none" ids="4778,4779,4780"]