August 6, 2013.
AK: What do you write? Are you in a crew?
CZR: My moniker is Czr Prz, which is my name(Caesar Perez) I also go by FUMA. My crews are IAM/AIR/CF here in Chicago and I'm also in Cani E Porci, a European street art crew.
AK: In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
CZR: I actually started in Stone Park and Chicago. Stone Park is where I grew up in my grammar and highschool years. I was lucky enough to grow up by a huge trainyard.
AK: Did you go to school or are you self taught?
CZR: I've been into art since I was 4. But yeah I eventually went to art school, so both I guess.
AK: How did you get started in the arts and why?
CZR: Its kinda in my blood. I come from a long line of artists and writers(authors, not graff writers).
AK: How long have you been working in the streets?
CZR: Damn, I started when I was like 14? I'm 33 now. So yeah like 19 years now.
AK: Who or What inspires you the most?
CZR: Nature and society inspires me. A lot of my pieces deal with nature and theology but still maintain an urban feel, if that makes sense.
AK: What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
CZR: People should know that it is in our nature to write on walls, which we've been doing since the beginning of recorded history. Creation, communication and symbols are what make us human, and graffiti defines that idea clearly.
AK: Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
CZR: I do art for a living. Design, commercial and production art as well as illustration, gallery shows, installations and mural projects, aside from street art. I've been doing much less commercial and graphic work lately since my actual art has been doing better.
AK: What are you working on now?
CZR: I'll have to get back to you on that
AK: What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
CZR: I just like painting walls man, it’s not really a fame thing. I just like painting and I like painting large. It’s impactful. It’s always awesome to see art in a public place because it gives that wall/bridge/billboard some character. That character might be negative, may be positive, but it’s alive none the less.
Check out Czr Prz's work http://www.flickr.com/photos/czrprz