Your mural in Dorchester first caught my attention. I enjoy seeing communities coming together with an artist to promote public art. How did this project come about? What kind of vibe did you get from the community while you were creating?
I went to Boston as I was invited by my friends Greg Childs and Laura Brown, who both work at the Brandeis University of Liberal Arts. They organized a talk and also a live painting demonstration with the students at the “Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts™ ”.
As always when I travel, I was trying to find a way to paint a wall in the streets. My time there was short so Laura got in contact with people from the “Great Ashmont Main Street” in Dorchester and they said that in this neighborhood it should be possible to paint a mural. They organized a meeting to introduce me and talk about some ideas with the neighbors. People love dogs there and after I showed them some of my work, they agreed with me to a freestyle wall. I had a lot of community attention and very positive responses.
Your style is so vibrant. What inspires you when you to create and what message you hope to communicate through your work?
Humanity inspires me! Each person has unique and wonderful qualities and skills and this is a reminder that in essence, we are all the same. I feel we’re here to learn and share, not just to make personal ego competitions, hate and kill. Our worst enemies are inside of us. We need to live and stay positive; we need to change ourselves to make this world a better place while we still have time.
You live in Brazil but as we know the art world has no boundaries. You have murals in many different countries. Each city has its own unique vibe. What cities have been your personal favorites to work in?
Honestly, I do not have one favorite city. Travel to other countries, even other cities in Brasil used to be a very distant reality in my life as a youngest of five children in a low class/poor family, each opportunity to travel is a unique opportunity to learn, to share and exchange knowledge, and make new connections. I’m just blessed and grateful to be able to travel and my favorite city will be the next that I’ll go.
Your painting technique is unlike any I have seen. Can you please explain your creation style and what mediums you feel comfortable using? Are there any techniques or mediums you would like to try in the future?
Thank you, I once read a text saying that almost all major decisions that humans make in their lives are basically based on love or fear. I really believe it and started painting trying not to worry about the end result, trying to leave my fears behind my actions. I ended up with a development that I didn’t expect. I’m still far away from something that I believe could be a reflection of my feelings.
My background was graffiti, as a self-taught artist. I always like to try different medias and use what I have on hand. I love challenges! That’s why I started to paint females. I actually used to have a difficult time drawing female characters.
I need to say that spray paint for sure is my favorite medium. I love to draw and my first memories are connected with it. Whether it’s a good wall, a big canvas or a new spray paint I always feel a sense of excitement in the pit of my stomach. I’m thinking I’d like to work creating sculptures soon.
What is next for you? Do you have any shows or projects you are looking forward to?
I had a solo show in Rio this past November and I am looking forward to some more travel and projects ahead. I was recently in NYC doing a mural in the East Village for “International Hip Hop Day”.
I have been diabetic since I was 11 years old and I have been in treatment for many months. Now I’m doing really well, so I am just trying to take care of my health and I hope to keep creating, painting and living the good life.
Images by @karindumaire