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——HOW DID YOU BECOME AN ARTIST?

I don’t think I made that specific decision, every step I have taken in my life has been very organic. From a young age, it was natural for me to draw and use my imagination. An important event came in 4th grade when I had my first encounter with graffiti. After that moment, I felt an impulse to do something on the streets. I then took the first step into studying American style graffiti and started experimenting with different forms and typographies. I studied graphic design and this helped me connect graffiti, the life on the street and aesthetic background, with my formal studies and explorations.

 

——WHAT INSPIRES YOU WHILE YOU ARE CREATING YOUR PIECES?

Almost anything really, I try to be receptive of the details that surround me every day. In the end, this is transformed into a piece or a reflection. Concept-wise, I like to reflect on multiple realities, of the many diverse things that can happen at the same time. Reflecting about time has made me explore themes pertaining to physics and mathematics that I represent in my pieces. I think it is important to be able to see the same things in different ways.

 

——HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR STYLE?

Distinct stages of my work have intertwined through time, starting from conceptualizing my name in graffiti to creating new environments and integrating characters into my compositions. For some time now, I have been further focused on making pieces that are more about the creation
of new realities with geometric and abstract elements. I want my work to transmit these figures that I believe have accompanied humanity throughout time.

 

——WHAT IS YOUR TECHNIQUE?

I like to use any material at my disposal. To me, drawing is a kind of meditation. It’s a direct medium in which you can see forms taking shape. Over time, I have tried to work with anything I come across. I have also focused on my pieces being one color; I feel it makes them more powerful.

 

——WHIC PROJECTS HAVE BEEN IMPORTANT TO YOU?

I had the opportunity to participate in urban art festivals in other countries. I enjoyed seeing my fellow colleagues work. Last year I had an individual exhibition in Chicago, where I also had the pleasure of creating the entire body of work for the show.

 

——HOW DO YOU THINK ART INFLUENCES EVERYDAY LIFE? 

I think a society that is sensitive to art is aware of how it’s surroundings work. To me, art has a very important role in the way a city is structured.

 

——WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR YOU?

Along with my own personal projects, I am part of a design studio. An ideal day for me would be to drink my coffee after I wake up; and work while I watch an interesting documentary or movie. Afterwards, I would explore the city on bike; I like to paint the streets and leave something for the public. I would listen to music throughout most of the day.

 

——WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST PECULIAR EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE HAD MAKING STREET ART?

I used to like going out on the street during the day and paint illegally; I think this form camouflaged what I was really doing. Once, I had an old man yell at me because I was painting on the street. I somehow used my wit and explained what I was doing to avoid getting arrested!

 

“Every step I have taken in my life has been very organic.”

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