INTERNATIONAL STREET ARTIST ‘CEET’ LOVES REUNION
(Posted 17th July 2015)
"Reunion, I love you!" was the confession Ceet made when asked how he liked his return.
The first time he walked the streets of Reunion was ten years ago when he came on the occasion of the FET ‘Kaf ‘ as the Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery on December 20th each year is known. Back then he had been invited to make a mural dedicated to the festival. A decade later his love affair with Reunion continues, for he is the one who ‘fell in love the first time [he] stepped on the island." For Ceet the Reunion Island is "a unique place" by its landscapes and nature. What he likes most of all is in his words the unique island atmosphere and the warmth of Reunion. As it is normal for Ceet, wherever he goes his trademark chicken interpretations go with him and it is no different during his visit to Reunion. Being there Ceet called ‘a breath of fresh air’ – a compliment from a man who travel constantly across the world and visits major cities. Neither there nor here does Ceet need any introduction when it comes to his renowned art. Moroccan born Fouad, which is Ceet’s real name, claims he was literally born with a spray can in his hand and grew up to be a pioneer in street art and graffiti where he made an impact with his chicken theme. Since those early days however he has also shown his talent as a sculptor and designer which saw him get assignments and commissions from such brand names like Adidas, Prada and Lancel.
Ceet, who lives in Guangzhou / China, exhibited in Hong Kong’s Art Biennial, in Paris, Lyon, Vienna and Castres, among other places. He is recognized as one of the leading artists of his kind of this generation.
Ceet will be on Reunion for some more time, no doubt practising his art whenever opportunity allows, before once again bidding good bye to the island.