When you ask Simon aka Mr Mong who he is? He replies with a lot of humor: “Mr. Mong is an all around artist from Belgium, not a Chinese businessman”.
Those around him told him at a young age he should either study drama or keep on drawing.
Too shy for drama on stage, drawing it was… When entering puberty he sprayed and pimped his BMX with some bright colors, and it was from this point, the goal was set.
All hell broke loose and little Mong was determined to follow a wobbly, adventurous artistic path, drawing whenever he could.
Seeing pioneers in action like Ozon, Steve Locatelli, Jasta, Sen, BSL, 4PC… in his hometown, things swiftly went from hot to spicy in his developing cerebrum.
Studying interior electricity, he was always first to complete technical drawings, allowing his buddies to copy his plans until the teacher found out…
Around this time guys started to date and asked if he could draw their names in old school graffiti style. Which he did for a small amount of time. However he quickly became bored of this and after buying Bomber magazines from the Netherlands, through turning the pages, jaw dropping, he was stunned by these amazing characters on trains and walls.
CAN2, TOAST, MODE2, LOOMIT, HOW & NOSM, 123KLAN to name but a few …
Mong was on a mission and focused himself on drawing weird characters and colorful backgrounds.
But yet, he could not master to sketch a full imagined, anatomically body from memory. Especially the female figure…
Asking his parents, if he could try to make a living from his passion and sharpen his skills, they responded “Thank God we thought you would never ask!”
They encouraged him to study in Ghent, Le Montmartre de Belgique, and a couple of years at the School of Arts, afterwards he broke away from traditional training at the Animation department.
From then his career began as an artist’s assistant.
His eyes were wide to see what the real deal was within the cultural artsy environment some of us live in today.
He created hundreds of personal & professional drawings, built up expositions, painted murals,shaping decors…etc
Mr. Mong knows what makes his heart beat harder & faster and doesn’t plan to change his young rebellious vibe anytime soon.
To see this artist’s creations visit the Mr. Mong Facebook page or follow him on instagram @mr_mong
Mr MONG Artworks Gallery:
Photos by Mr Mong
More about Street Art in Belgium: Flanders Street Artists you absolutely need to know – Ghent Street Art Guide and Map