Chris Jonathon is currently an art student at the renowned Villa Arson, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art in Nice - France.
Despite his interest in drawing from a young age, he mainly started his artistic journey in 2016 with a sharply figurative practice, during which he was a refugee in a country where he couldn’t speak its language. He went to school in the morning and had a job after school until midnight. Chris Jonathon's intention of drawing with such little materials was purely out of frustration and anger towards the world, and how it treated him and his family. In March 2016, he made an account on Twitter by the made up name “Chris Jonathon” instead of his real name, Fadi Tabbah, a Syrian refugee. It all started there.
He met people online who supported him and his work. Slowly but surely Chris became aware that his life without creating was filled with suffering and pain until he found art. Chris sold his first drawing that year. The person who bought it through Twitter was so touched by his story that he offered to buy him art supplies so he could continue practicing.
Chris became fond of using pen ink as his main medium though, all his anger and sadness were aggressively put on paper in forms of crying and screaming faces who appeared to be in great pain. Three years passed and Chris was still stuck in this country after his parents were robbed of everything they once owned. They had nowhere to go, and no other way but to wait. He kept making art without knowing that one day he would apply for an art school.
In 2018, Chris got a Visa to come to France. He started experimenting with a lot of different mediums until he found what truly inspired him. During that time, Chris' practice drastically changed and took a smoother, more colorful and abstract road. One day, he learned that he has Synesthesia, which is a condition where your senses work together like connecting numbers, colors, odours, people with each other. Ever since then, Chris trusts and relies on his senses to visualize then create colorful, textured and fluid movements, sometimes they're recognized as muscles, ties, or waves.
You have a question? Contact us, we'd love to hear from you!