VIZA trained and worked as a plumber, but has been practicing the art of stencilling since 2011. He was always attracted by contemporary art and the street art movement in particular. He is a self-taught artist from Saint-Etienne and began painting with brushes to produce portraits and nudes. It was only several years later that he decided to start making his own stencils.
They are based on realistic drawings, which he has carefully crafted, and VIZA makes each cut by hand to produce an original pattern that can then be applied to different mediums. Thus, the painter likes to reproduce his portraits on relatively varied materials ranging from canvas to pallet wood, including the cardboard packaging of his aerosol cans that he likes to recycle and, from time to time, he appropriates certain objects in bulk such as fire extinguishers. The stencils are very detailed in order to guarantee him greater freedom of movement while using them and they mainly represent animals, whose bestiary is as rich as it is expressive and which symbolically carry a message in favour of ecology.
VIZA admires the work of street artists Jef Aérosol (born in France in 1957), Joe Iurato (born in the United States in 1973) and Joao Samina (born in Portugal in 1989), and constantly works enthusiastically right up until he has put the finishing touches to his stencils; he does not hesitate to take his experiments a step further in an effort to discover new creative possibilities. He was rewarded for the originality and quality of his works two years running, by being shortlisted at "The Stencil Art Prize", a prestigious international event which is held in Australia.