Uncapped: Making Murals with ZESO

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 at 5:07 am by

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Hailing from France, but now residing in Brooklyn, we welcome ZESO to our nascent Uncapped series highlighting graffiti writers.

BOWERY BOOGIE: Tell us the story behind your name?

ZESO: It came together when I chose my favorite letters with the idea of creating an original and unique name. That is an interesting thing about graffiti. Regardless of the name itself, if the style is good and you work hard at getting up, the name can become an icon.

BB: Zeso, the Graffiti Icon. Who was iconic to you starting out?

ZESO: Of course there were many artists that I admired when I started but there is no one person who was a mentor. I really developed my style by looking at other graffiti, doing what I felt was right for me and kept practicing. I still do that, always pushing myself to get better.

BB: Do you think your art should be sold or would you rather stay bombing? Do you use any other mediums beside spray paint?

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ZESO: Creating art for sale (e.g. canvasses or commission jobs) and bombing both deliver different kinds of satisfaction. The more I can earn from art the better because that gives me the ability to dedicate more time to my art. But I will always be doing what I love, even if I am not getting paid for it. Of course, when someone’s spending money for your art, it is a sign of recognition and we’re all looking for that! Because I consider myself an artist I do not rule out any other medium to create. However, up to now I have used only paint, marker, pen, and pencil. If I am ever inspired to create art in another way I will definitely do that, too.

BB: I think you are the first interviewee we’ve had that didn’t rep crew names right off the bat. Are you more of a solo artist?

ZESO: Painting solo is convenient when it comes to a large mural. It doesn’t sound logical because a larger wall should be easier with more people on it. But for me, I don’t have to deal with other people’s work ethic. When you are alone, you [know] where you are going and what it will take to get there. When it’s a small wall, I enjoy painting with my friends. For example, Soir2, Just, Import and several others. It is a great time to do so and an essential part of the graffiti culture. I am also in some crews, WF, OTM,  but for me it is very important to be at a wall, listening to my music, tuning out everything else, and letting my imagination flow freely. I can start or finish when I want and really focus on the details…

BB: Tell us one thing you want people to know about you outside of being a graffiti artist.

ZESO: The thing is that I have always preferred to let my art do the talking. Everybody sees it in their own way and I am happy when they appreciate it. As an artist, that is what I share openly with the world. That said, I do feel more comfortable keeping my personal life private.

BB: Well alright. Check out Zeso’s skills upon skills in the gallery below and then if you got it and want to flaunt it, hit us up to be featured.

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