BEHIND THE ROMEO’S GIN PROJECT, THERE’S A SERIES OF 24 MONTREAL ARTISTS. WE ASKED THEM A FEW QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THEIR VISION AND THEIR EXPERIENCE OF ROMEO’S MUSEUM, CANADA’S FIRST URBAN ART MUSEUM!
Q : How does it feel to be part of 24 artists working on the same project ?
A : It’s a beautiful artistic initiative to be part of this project to be working aside of 24 other artists. Every artists is from montreal. It’s something to experienced.
Q : How did you find the experience of painting in a stairwell ?
A : It’s a really really cool experience. It’s nice to know that on every floor there is a bunch of artists spreading it off and creating beautiful artwork.
Q : How do you define a museum?
A : I think a museum is a space where anybody can appreciate. Especially in this building, it’s really nice that people who have to take these stairs can now admire and enjoy beautiful colorful artworks.
TAVA aka Antoine Tavaglione is a Canadian Pop artist, muralist and illustrator based in Montreal. Not one to shy from the spotlight, he has made waves with his controversial mix of pop art, political banter and high fashion, Tava takes an omnivorous approach to culture both high and low, interacting with its symbolism and cult figures through his tongue-in-cheek style and signature ‘dripping’ visual effect.
Antoine Tava’s art was heavily influenced by his 80s Saturday morning cartoon sessions. For this mural, he chooses and reinterptrets some of his favorite tv characters that marked his childhood and also merges his very own Ludo Fox and Frankie the Cat characters, which also appear on the 01 edition of romeo’s gin+tonic.