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Urban graffiti takes Brazilian streets

"Ethnic Groups" is a gigantic mural in the port area of Rio de Janeiro and is composed by five portraits representing the five continents, work by the urban artist Eduardo Kobra, 38 years old, who says that he plans to make a work in Mexico City, that would be the third in that country. "This week I received an invitation from Mexico City to make a mural that is not yet defined.

There must be some history of the country or city, or something on the protection of animals or peace," Kobra explains, that takes nearly three decades painting in Sao Paulo and in more than 20 countries. This author, protagonist of a Guiness record for the mural "Ethnic Groups", for which he worked for three months and needed eight hours uploaded to a scaffold for over a month just come from Amsterdam, Japan and Italy, which has been decorated with his paintings public buildings.

Now, he says, prepares a trip to Mexico City for his third mural in the country, having made one in Playa del Carmen and one in San Miguel de Allende. "Before I decide what I'll do (in Mexico City) want to spend a little time there, impregnate with the city.

México is very important in my work by the influence of the muralists," he says. Chased not many years ago to be considered an act of vandalism, graffiti is gaining more space in Brazil. In Sao Paulo, a city of colossal dimensions with 500 thousand square kilometers where billboards are banned in the facades, the gray buildings serve as the perfect canvas for graffiti artists.

The city strictly enforced the Clean City Law in force since 2007, which prohibits outdoor advertising because it can "contaminate" visually the largest city in South America. In that scenario, however, dominates everything that is not gray buildings: graffiti and 'I pixaçao' --pintadas with spray you claim that evoke extend sociales, entire neighborhoods, to the extent that there is a open museum, the first of its kind. In northern Sao Paulo Open Museum of Urban Art, opened in 2011 and consists of 60 artistic expressions in the form of graffiti that are set in the foundations of one of the viaducts traffic with which the city is built.

"The process in which the city has allowed more urban art is still being produced. Not completely tolerated. It depends on a number of authorizations and the work of each artist. Some people do it illegally and others who do it legally, because you ask authorizations "Kobra explains.

The most famous place is the Batman Becco a stringing graffiti on a street that every day is visited by tourists, advertising and sometimes, models, being a fantastic setting for recording commercials. "When you expose their work on the street is permanently.

The architecture of the place and people going out there changes is very important," says Kobra, who admits that took 30 years to tread an art gallery, but now he does not miss any in the cities you visit. "I never imagined I could live and travel around the world doing my job. I always painted very intuitive and spontaneous way. Like the first time I walked into an art gallery was 30 years, I was always very influenced by urban art" , remember. "Now I am fighting this delay going to all the galleries and museums around the world. For me painting is a surprise on five continents and in so many different cities," he says.