BRAZIL: Passionate Urban Artist from São Paulo – Interview with awesome Daniel BaZco

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Tell me about how you got into art? How did it start with you, it’s different for every person. When did you start painting?

It all started in 1996 in the interior of São Paulo in a city called Bebedouro, at the time I was 12 years old. I was at school and in between classes I passed a class where there was a boy drawing some stylized letters in his notebook. That fascinated me, I approached him and started asking him what he was doing and he introduced me to Graffiti. I’m from São Paulo, but I knew graffiti in the countryside and I always came on vacation to São Paulo, it was crazy, always looking at the walls and so after I saw and was introduced to graffiti I didn’t stop doing it. He asked the teachers for money to buy spray and permission for the school principal to put graffiti on the walls.

The motifs of your works of art are often portraits of people or motifs from fauna and flora. Tell me more about your motifs and why you like to paint them.

The principle of life is nature, the natural whole, if we move away from that we get weak, the daily routine in a metropolis is tense and as I can’t be in contact with nature every day I think about where I wanted to be , where I would feel good where peace reigns and I try to convey to the screens or walls and over the portraits and one more sensitivity challenge of achieving emotion and movement on a flat surface.

The people you choose and paint are not just ordinary people, they are often important people from human history. Some you want to remember, others you want to criticize. On the one hand, your pictures have a lot of colorful and motivating paint, but at the same time they also have criticism. Tell me more about it.

Most of the portraits I do are always positive tributes from people I like others who liked the features and always looking for a positive message, some clearer, others to make you think!!! But always for the good, this is always the goal of the adding!!! Art is healing, colors too!!! I like to play with colors and observe the reaction around the stimulus which it causes in those who can see it. I find it incredible the sighs and words that come out of their mouths. lol…. Always positive!!! At that moment I know I am able to give a bigger boost to the life of the one on my way with my art… “Mute Poetry that Screams”.

When I look at your pictures, I see a mix of warmth with a lot of love and color, but also a kind of drawing attention at the same time. Nature is precious, the animals of the earth are precious, we have to take care of them. As an artist you can convey messages, you can draw attention to problems. Tell me more about how you see this and what you do.

My relationship with animals is very spiritual, for a long time I practiced shamanism and I believe that both animals and all of nature and the universe have a lot of power and we are linked to them, so we have to respect and understand them, because we learn a lot when we allow ourselves, that’s why I use the colors and their strengths too for a big dose of love in a single mural!!!!

Tell me a little more about your painting technique and your instruments. What equipment do you use? Do you only paint with cans or also with a brush and paint? How do you create your work?

As much as I love to use spray, my materials are varied, spray, brush, pen, spatula, paper to make textures, roller. My creations go according to my inspirations and materials available at the time, as I’m an independent artist I don’t always have the material I want, but I manage well with what I have!

Do you only paint on walls? Or did you paint other objects as well? On the one hand I mean canvases, so do you also paint on canvases or paper? But also other objects like cars, guitars, furniture or whatever. What surface have you already painted on and what do you prefer to paint on?

I’ve painted on various surfaces, cars, walls, canvases, refrigerators, hats, shirts, sneakers, tables, mirrors, I love painting any surface that fascinates me. However if there is any surface that I want to paint it would be outside Brazil, a mural in another country!

Tell me a little more about your local street art scene. How is it in your place, how is it in this huge metropolitan of São Paulo. Are there places to paint legally? Is it heavily criminalized for painting illegally?

My scene is that of an independent artist, I’ve always been around here and there, I’ve been living off graffiti lace for 10 years now. I’ve been doing graffiti around the city and there’s always someone I like who asks for an art, also on weekends I expose my paintings in Beco do Batman, a reference of street art in São Paulo. Here in São Paulo there are not many authorized walls or the possibility to get artists here who ask for authorization from the owners. I already suffers a penalty for illegally graffiti and I had to pay a fine of 800 Reis (around 120 US-Dollar or 100 Euro). But it was nothing that stopped me! My house is small, but it is all covered with graffiti and with several paintings and sprays around the house!

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