Originally from the southeast of France, Émir Shiro lives between Grenoble (his hometown) and Paris. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Grenoble and nowadays works as a freelance graphic designer. One of the goals of his work is to emphasize, just as Pop Art does, the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, while employing irony and parody. “If I remember correctly, my first collage playing with pop culture was the one with Kanye West’s head, Ass’piration, in 2014.”
What’s your favorite working tool?
ES: My favorite tool is Photoshop. Many artists have a certain shame to say that but I think it is one of the most powerful tools of our generation. You just have to be rigorous, know your limits (do not overdo it) and find the right balance to have a good result. I also work by hand, but the digital tool is really, really powerful.
What inspires you?
ES: Censorship is my main source of inspiration. With the technique of collage I can really play with it…Fashion, and all the aesthetics that emerge (from it), is also a huge source of inspiration.