Eduardo Kobra, street artist from Brazil. Photo © Courtesy of the artist

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

My work navigates the universe of street art. Everything started in 1987. I was just a kid, 12 years old. Everything I learnt and developed was done intuitively, as a self-taught, on the outskirts of São Paulo. Everything started when I was 8 years old, with drawings on a notebook, and later when tagging illegally on the streets.

Martin Luther King, Palm Beach, United States © Kobra

Following that, in 1990, I started to do my first graffiti artworks, also done illegally. And after that, in sequence, the murals, which I’ve been doing until today. But I also like to use other mediums and materials; to me, the streets represent my atelier, my studio, and the possibility of bringing art to many people.

2.What does your work aim to say?

My art is an extension of who I am, of everything I believe in; my values, my principles, my family. It’s not just about aesthetics, I like to convey important messages in my artworks, speaking of causes that I’ve been involved with at any moment in my life or that I still am involved with. Causes that I believe in or want to address in art form.