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by Ruttkowski68 on August 20, 2012
As one might expect of a boy from Brazil, Raphael Sagarra dreamed of becoming a soccer player. But another interest soon took over – graffiti. Sagarra was 16 years old when he observed some youngsters in his São Paulo neighborhood scaling buildings to leave their mark in paint. He was intrigued not just by their audacity, but also by the rhythm of their graffiti – the repetition of characters and strokes. From that moment on, Sagarra was hooked. He gave himself an alias – Finok – and developed his own style of graffiti: big-eyed, cartoon-like characters spray painted in various shades of green. Color is also key when Finok works with his crew, VLOK. Also involved are Brazilian artists, Os Gêmeos, twins who are famously known for their bright yellow characters.
26-year-old Finok is now a renowned graffiti artist in both South America and the U.S. He exhibits at galleries, produces large-scale murals on commission, and collaborates with big brands such as Ray-Ban and Havaiana, maker of Brazil’s iconic flip flops.
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by Ruttkowski68 on August 13, 2012
São Paulo, 2002. Raphael Sagarra is 16 years old when he observes some youngsters of his neighborhood Cambuci climbing up to heady heights yet again. They spray and paint leaving their letterings up there at house facades. It isn’t the height that intrigues him, but its repeating character and the concomitant circulation of the strokes.
Thus, Raphael Sagarra attends to classic graffiti. He goes by Finok and quickly developes his signature style: big eyes that make his figures remind of cartoon characters and a remarkable color selection that bases on all shades of green.
Also with his graffiti crew VLOK, colors inhere a major role. As a matter of fact; it is no less than Brasilian artist twins Os Gêmeos being involved. They are famously known for their yellow characters.
Today, Finok is 26 years old and a renowned graffiti artist in South America and the USA. He exhibits at galleries, realizes large-scale murals and cooperates with such companies as sunglasses manufacturer Ray-Ban and Havaiana, the brand that is famously known for their iconic flip-flop. For all that, Finok states that he still has a long way to go.
The exhibition at Ruttkowski;68 gallery was his first show in Europe. The canvases as well as the so-called pipas – kites with which the kids of the suburbs of São Paulo play – reflect Finok’s personal journey; from the favelas to a “better” world – as he says – “without ever forgetting about the starting point.”
by Ruttkowski68 on July 9, 2012
On Friday, August 3rd, there will be the opening of the exhibition with Brazilian artist Finok. He is a painter from São Paulo and a member of VLOK, a crew of local artists established by Os Gêmeos.
Finok’s works show an intersection between his indicative graffiti style and more abstract concepts, which play with geometric shapes, colors and patterns. Characters with large eyes and green skin became one of his trade marks. He created numerous murals in South and North America, Europe and Asia and showed work at the Museu Brasileiro Da Escultura, The Pavilhão de Bienal Do Ibirapuera and various galleries.