Charles Leval better known as Levalet has an especially playful style of street art. He creates life-sized wheat paste posters of people that seem to be interacting with the surrounding neighbourhood, some playful and others more mischievous.
I first came across your work with the one entitled “Jeu de dupes”, and found it amazing. How did that come about? It was the first time that you included an object within your papers?
It seems you manage to weave together a playful spirit of childhood with important issues like the current economic crisis and the intrusiveness of media in our lives; which comes first – the playfulness or the social commentary?
I sense a mental struggle in many of the characters you paint – I’m thinking about the ones entitled “Changes” and “Autoproduit”. Is that true? What emotions do you try to convey in your work?
In recent years I have heard anything about street art. Some people think it’s the greatest artistic revolution of the last 50 years, others consider it a bubble ready to deflate. What do you think?
How do you think the illegal thing affects what you do? Is this just an extra adrenaline rush or is a key?
What do you have in common with a teenager, I mean, when you were 13, what did you want to be?