Kevin Ledo [Canada]

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Musicians find notes as their best friend where artists find colors and brushes as their wives!

When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in Murals / Street Art/graffiti and Paint?

I have been making art ever since I was a child. My first painting was a Bob Ross inspired painting of mountains, lake and forest, done when I was 12 years old. I got into mural making first with the En Masse Project, which started out of here in Montreal. About 2 years ago I began creating murals on my own, however, I have been doing fine art since 2005.

Which artist/s influenced you?

My first inspirations as a child were comic books and heavy metal album covers from Slayer, Iron Maiden and Megadeth. As I began in fine art, my influences were Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha, as well religious iconography and imagery in Christianity and Buddhism. There are loads of artists that I appreciate and love; however I’m not sure how any one in particular has influenced me. Some of my favorites are El Mac, Troy Lovegates, Ever Siempre, Zoltan Veevaete, James Jean and Jason Botkin,

What style your work focus on?

I don’t try to focus on any particular style in my work, and I often have a hard time fitting my work into a genre. I think it has a little of a few styles mixed together. There is a lot of portraiture, a little surrealism and/or pop surrealism, a little visionary art, (though most would argue against that,) some iconography and perhaps urban art… (what that means exactly, I’m still not sure.)

Are there any particular cultures that have influence your artwork?

Well it would probably be many cultures mixed together, and not any one in particular.

What is the source of your inspiration these days?

Music always inspires me and gives me fuel for my creativity. Other than that, I have been attracted to a lot of the amazing street art that is happening around the world. Retro design from the 60s and 70s has also been a big influence for a little while now.

What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?

Ah I don’t know.. I have a list of stupid things that I’ve done. Thankfully I’m still in one piece!

Do you listen to music while working? Or you need a quite environment?

Yeah, like I mentioned before, music is a huge part of my life; one of the things I enjoy most. So yes, music is a constant while working.

Where your work is usually located?

I’m happy to say that my work is in many places across the globe, both my murals and my oil paintings.

Do you find it difficult to do your work in the streets?

There are always challenges on each wall, including insufficient tools and supplies to strange surfaces, but I mostly like the challenge. Taking down scaffolding by myself I don’t like so much… add that to the list of stupid things that I’ve done.

Have you ever had any problems with authority because of your work?

I don’t do a lot of illegal work, so no, never really had a problem before.

Do you have a formal art education?

I studied in illustration and design, but hardly worked in the field.

If YES! Do you feel that you benefited from it?

Yeah sure, I learned some structure and composition in painting, as well as some color theory. That’s some very beneficial stuff!

Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others?

It really depends on the project. If it’s with the En Masse Project, I love painting with others. Other than that, sometimes it’s fun to jam with other artists, but I would not only need to love their work, but have chemistry between us. I mostly like to work alone.

Have you every collaborated with other artists?

Yes, may times.

What do you see as the future of Street art / graffiti?

It will probably morph into something else eventually… what, I don’t know

How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?

I think it’s great. You disseminate our art for us! My one annoyance is when bloggers or photographers share artists’ work without identifying the artists’ who created it.

Kevin let me say something before we end this interview I personally appreciated and feel every piece you do, there is always a story behind it and hopefully one day everyone person in this world will appreciate and see art the way we say it.

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