In the late 80’s the Brazilian graffiti scene began to draw acclaim. It was in 1987 that “Os Gémeos” drew their first lines, and in the same year another artist from São Paulo started as well, Eduardo Kobra. While the “Os Gémeos” are already famous in the world, Kobra is only now beginning to make his international name.
Eduardo Kobra likes to call himself a street artist, he is more like a muralist, but he really don’t care for labels. His works are gigantic and can take a whole wall or building. He combines original mural painting (inspired by artists like the Mexican painters and designs of the North American Eric Grohe) with the characteristics of good design and skilled neo-realistic painting.
After countless paintings spread all over São Paulo and other cities in Brazil, Kobra is now taking over the world. His latest job was a mural in Chalk Farm, in the Roundhouse, where once there was a Bansky painting. Any other street artist would have felt the pressure of replacing a work from such an infamous artist, but Kobra only felt that there was a thing he had to do, a job.
“I didn’t feel any pressure at all, but, sure it’s amazing to see the works of this artist. Bansky’s works are smart, people love it, he is stamped on everything. My mural was designed in the same place where was his work, that was priced at 2 million pounds, but someone destroyed, unfortunately”, Kobra explained.
Recently, Kobra has traveled to Los Angeles to create a new mural, his interpretation of South Dakota’s famous Mount Rushmore. The painter was commissioned to produce the piece for an unveiling on Independence Day this year.