Photo credit: Kevin Eisenlord, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

Christophe Szpajdel was born on the 29th of September 1970 in Gembloux, Belgium and grew up in Louvain-la- Neuve. He studied Agriculture at the Université Catholique de Louvain gaining a degree in forestry engineering. Before then, Christophe had already taken aparticular interest in Heavy Metal logos and his passion soon became his vocation. He has taken full advantage of being very mobile with his work, which became handy for his travels all over the world.

Throughout his travels he has taken on influence from all over the world, developing various styles of art, whilst meeting & working with clients, developing his reputation as one of the world’s leading heavy metal logo artists.

Christophe’s work first came to attention in the mid 90’s and he has continued to make a significant contribution to the extreme metal scene having drawn for literally 100’s of bands with the vast majority are still being used to this day, in some cases, 30 years since their creation.

In more recent times, Christophe has begun to take on influence from an even broader spectrum of styles. This has increased his versatility, allowing him to reach a larger audience.  Christophe’s book in 2010 called “Lord of the Logos” has been followed by various exhibitions around the world.   In 2016, Christophe completed logos for major figures in the music industry — Rihanna & Metallica and his second book Archaic Modernism – The Art of Christophe Szpajdel is available now.

What makes Christophe stand out from other Calligraphers is that he uses a uses a sequence of pencil and pen work to build the logos, the process starts with a quick pencil sketch which the client will approve, he then draws ink on to the sketch to build the logo, this is then scanned, blown up and printed with ink to the same exact proportions that are line drawn, once approved the logo can then be created in different finishes depending on client’s needs. All logos are unique and tailor-made and Christophe draws influence from the outside preferring to work in the open than in a studio.

Christophe’s work really must be seen and he is exhibiting at Exeter St David’s community Centre as part of the Devon Open Studios Chronic Voyage Exhibition – A collaboration of 2D and 3D art by a diverse and talented group of artists – Agnes Bosze, Emma Martin, Rob Soler Watson and Christoph Szpajdel, the exhibition is on til the end of September everyday from 10 – 6.  To find out more visit Christophe’s Instagram @christophe.szpajdel

Christophe is looking for opportunities to exhibit in Truro & Penzance email christophe.szpajdel@gmail.com