Artist Stephan Ouzilou AKA Fano, proudly takes life’s bull by its horns and ensures that he lives it to the max. A self-confessed culprit of living life in the fast lane, he fell in love at the age of 17, an age where emotion hits you with full force. He upped and moved to the Antilles with the love of his life, residing there for 3 years, a period in which his artistic fibers fused together, producing the birth of the artist we know today.
Growing up in the fashion industry and being constantly influenced by designers such as Gerard Darel, it is no surprise that Fano fell into the textile industry as soon as he moved. He created the ‘trapeze dress,’ a garment that flatters all shapes and sizes, as well as becoming the predecessor to the avant-gardist wooden shop mannequin. What’s more, Fano designed the display windows of the boutiques that he bravely opened. They say that eyes are the window to ones’ soul however Fano’s boutique windows beautifully displayed his hunger to create.
After his return to Paris, the artist dabbled briefly in real estate before becoming a global designer. He began with urban streetwear, navigating a world for himself where urban trends become accessible to a wider audience, relying simply on logic and his intrinsic passion for design.
Fano then began playing with simple materials that make a resounding impression, such as metal, wood, and stainless steel. After designing fashion items, villas, and lofts, he finally attained the opportunity that he craved: to create a masterpiece. After around three months of trials, 170kg of metal, 12000 screws, a 150x150cm stainless steel frame, 12000 holes, a blow torch, an order of elbow grease, and a pinch of creativity, Fano produced ‘The Death’s-Head,’ an aluminum tank that depicts breathtaking force. It was then that Fano was able to step back and take in the fruits of his labor: a modern, graphic and textured piece of art. Within a few weeks, word had spread like wildfire and Fano began creating pieces for friends and acquaintances. Famous works such as ‘Mickey in Michael Jackson,’ ‘The Teddy Bear,’ and ‘The Indian’ were conceived and born.
His unique approach to art is unheard of and his creative spirit embodies everything that he touches. Today, his artwork is exhibited in Eden Fine Art galleries across the globe, and his latest collections never fail to surprise; aesthetic glee that transcends the pleasures of the eyes, and the heart.