here’s my interview with kas, a great portugese street artist. Kas now lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
Hi Kas, can you tell us where you’re from ?
I am from Porto the second bigest city in Portugal.
where does your street artist name come from ?
My artist name comes from a place called kastalia where i got together with my group of friends every day.
How do you define yourself ? Artist ? Street Artist ? graffiti artist ?
I’m a diversified artist one day i paint a big mural another day i paint letters and also canvas…
How did it all start ?
I found in the streets of Porto in 1998/99 a full spray can and i start to tag all the walls on my way home and after i talk to a friend and he told me what graffiti was and gave me a book “Subway Graffiti” from Marta Cooper that inspired me to paint Kas everywhere.
what kind of music do you like ?
Hip hop, reggae, rock, jazz, electronic and all types of music in general.
what inspires you in your artwork ?
All around me is a source of inspiration …
Do you have a specific message in your artwork ?
All my art work has a message and i like to play with puzzles, patterns and portraits and its something that you can recognise easily .
Are you only painting murals ?
No I already did a lot of exhibitions and i paint all types of surfaces .
Tell us about your specific technique of painting ?
In murals i only use spray cans and some stencils to paint the lines of puzzles i never use projectors because for me it is a big challenge to pass a small project on paper to a big wall and that’s what gives me pleasure and makes me feel alive.
Do you admire one or more artists ? And who ?
Yes nowadays i admire a lot of artists but principally those who have never studied art, just like me.
Where did you paint ? countries ? cities ?
its already a long list from Indonesia to Dubai, Malaysia, China, Malta, Ireland, Italy, etc …
Is there any cities that inspire you ? Or a dream to paint in one specific place ?
For me all cities and places are sources of inspiration . Yes i want to show my art in USA i hope very soon.
Passions apart from art ?
i’am a football fan of F.C.Porto
Do you have projects in the next few months ?
Yes i have different projects to paint around the world but I’d rather not talk about it now. Just follow me in my social media.
What is your favorite artwork ? Yours and another artist .
its difficult to chose my favourite artwork because each one has a different message and a history behind the painting but if i need to chose one i will choose “Sleeping beauty” for the worlds largest street art museum in Amsterdam.
Thank’s a lot Kas
All Pictures by courtesy of Kas Art