“My pieces work in a disruptive way, they surprise. They are where they shouldn’t be.” 

COMBO (aka Combo Culture Kidnapper) is an artist born 1987 in Amiens, France to a Lebanese-Christian father and a Moroccan-Muslim mother. Having graduated from Villa Arson in Nice, his work began with graffiti around the French Riviera. After some time working as artistic director for advertising agencies in Paris, by 2012 he decided to dedicate his time to his real passion through street art, wherein his signature style imports and recycles popular cultural icons, urban myths, comics, cartoons, video games, paintings, photography; and, also, calling for peace between people of different faiths through his 'CoeXist' posters after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in 2015. Combo's work is always an expression of his humanistic ethos, a call for understanding as well as taking risks to convey strong messages combined with his travels around the world. For example, he infiltrated the forbidden area of Chernobyl to post advertising posters denouncing nuclear energy in relation to the anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Plant. He also postedGoogle pages in Hong Kong that had been banned by the communist party including the arrest of artist Ai Weiwei. Later in Beirut, Lebanon he posted ‘Less Hamas, More Hummus'; and, at the start of 2017, he parodied posters of the candidates for the French presidential election by posting electoral billboards. With the majority of his work made of wheat-pasted prints that he un-pastes and then pastes back on canvas, his most famous graffiti work to date has been the 'CoeXist' project in which the artist campaigned for religious tolerance by a visual text incorporating the signs of the three Abrahamic faiths: a Muslimcrescent (for the letter c), a star of David for the X and a Christian cross for the T. He was, in fact, beaten up and attacked in 2015 whilst painting a wall at Porte DoreĢe near Paris as part of the project. Always making reference in his work to current and topical news, he is a master at manipulating cultural symbols with historical and contemporary figures as well as by adding textual quotes to encourage the viewer to think about freedom, civil liberties, capitalism, consumerism, religion and extremist politics. The purpose of his practice is to advocate peace, harmony, diversity and to challenge all stereotypes. According to the artist himself: “My pieces work in a disruptive way, they surprise. They are where they shouldn’t be.”