MRKAS Interview – 15-05-202

«In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic«

1- How do you define yourself? How do you define your projects?

I am creative, warrior, dreamer.

Visually I like the idea of deconstructing an image and turning it into something mine, creating 3D effects, abstract patterns or anamorphic shapes all in a photorealistic technique.

2- How did you start working on street art?

I found a spray can on the floor and I tagged until I got home then I told the story to a friend and he told me about graffiti and gave me a book ‘Subway Art‘ that inspired me to paint ‘Kas’ everywhere.

MRKAS – The artist painting a new wall on the street.

3- Where do you find the inspiration to create your projects? Are they modifiers of urban space?

My main inspiration is people. People and their feelings, their lives, their stories, their circumstances.

I find inspiration everywhere around me and I’m always trying to match the painting with the place around and also with the culture of the city/country.

«The Alligator» – Portugal – Photo made by the artist MRKAS

4- What does Street Art represent for you in this constantly changing world?

I think the answer is in the question because street art is temporary and happening in the world. Indeed it is also temporary. For example, if we talk about animals species they tend to disappear every year, everything changes over time. Climate Change is also affecting our lives as well as the idea and «reality» that we have today about the food that we eat. They tend to say that what we are actually eating is full of plastics and sometimes is even toxic.

I mean that street art can have a big influence on society helping us to be aware of our problems and make this world a better place to live. 

5- Do you think Street Art should be legal or should it continue to be a form of art pursued by the police? Have you ever had problems?

When I started to paint in 1999, I didn’t remember the name “street art”. «Graffiti» was the term used at that time. The act of doing graffiti has always been seen as illegal and it will always be illegal for me.

If one day graffiti turn into legal «the game is over». The truth of graffiti is the adrenaline that we have when we are painting on the streets. Yes, I had a few problems with police and court in Portugal on 2000. Nowadays, I am only painting legal walls but I have to say that sometimes I like to feel this adrenaline again 😉.

6- How long does it usually take to prepare each project?

It depends on the project and the size of the wall but it usually takes me between 3/6 days .

 Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.

TAKE A LOOK TO THE WHOLE WORK THAT HE DOES, IT’S COOL, ESPECIALLY «The Alligator» and to the interview that we made about his project «Hope«!

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