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 here with 23 other artists?
A: It’s unusual, but i feel like a trespasser, like a impostor… Every others artists has already work on a mural in past and I know this artists. I’m intimidate to and I got so much fun. It’s a chance I have, I wanted to prove myself and show what I’m able to do. It’s a challenge that I was eager to meet. Presently, I got some much fun.
Q: How does it feel to create and work in a staircase?
A: It’s really unique. when I was offered this, it represented romeo’s, but it also represented me. It’s was something new, unique, insane, but that’s what we need to be original. It’s not a canva or a exteriors walls, it’s really a hidden place where there are so many people passing. I think it’s very cool to work in a staircase.
Q: What is a museum for you?
A: A museum it’s an artist brain’s ‘’vip’’ access. The people go there to enter the artist’s head and be able to understand his mind. If you go to Rome, it’s a open-air museum where you try to understand the story. Here, we enter the 24 artist’s univers.
With each painting, Santerre, faithful to his Montréal roots, brings the viewer into his raw, dreamlike, allegorical and imaginary universe, where the fantastic, the grotesque and the exceptional accessibility of the elements that compose the final image coexist.
His many travels in Greece have greatly influenced his art. The Greek mythology fascinates him enormously, but it is Poseidon who brings out in him the pinnacle of his creativity. Being a Greek God, he would be Poseidon.