Interview with Spanish Street Artist SAKE

Hello Sake, great to meet you. Where are you from?
I was born and settled in Cordoba, Andalucia, southern Spain, although I have been living in Granada for a few years

How and when did you discover art and create your first artwork?
My first contact with graffiti was at the end of 2003, although it wasnt until 2007 that I started working in a more serious way with graffiti. I remember attending graffiti and hip hop events in the late 90’s, as they awakened interest in the world.
My first project did not have much process, we were young people and we wanted to go to paint no matter how, why or when.

Sake artwork in Spain
SAKE – Street Art in Spain

Where was your first mural? Is it still available to see today?
My first mural, (although without being able to call it that as they were painted without any intent), was at the beginning of 2004 in Baena, my native city, it was of some lyrics which I had transformed after seeing in a magazine, which I liked a lot, and that I had to do in my own way, the result was not the same (hahaha)
That wall was erased about 3 years ago, and although the first one was destroyed, there are other early works that are still standing, it moves me to that moment to see it today, they have a nostalgic character.

Where can we discover your murals around the world?
Luckily I have been able to paint in many places thanks to graffiti, for example, in Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza or Palma de Mallorca, and outside Spain in Bristol (UK), Genova or Milan (Italy) Eidnhoven (holland) Wiesbaden (Germany) Assilah (Morocco) or on the South American continent in Quito, (Ecuador)
Being able to travel and leave your mark in each place is one of the greatest opportunities that graffiti gives to us in this time we live, and it is a luxury to do so.

Sake street art . mural work in progress
SAKE – Work in progress

What is your personal favourite mural artwork?
I find this difficult to answer, because each work has its uniqueness that makes it special, well if the final result is not entirely correct, you always like it because of the environment where it was made, or the finished work, all the works have their part that make it favorite, but if I had to choose one, I prefer the one made this past summer in Patio Almedina (Baena, Cordoba) entitled Summer Light Vol, 2. It was a realism of a gray portrait, with a strong contrast of color playing with the shadows and black and white, it was fun.

Do you paint with spray cans or do you use any other techniques?
In most of the works I use spray as a technique to do my work, although the plastic paint works well to fill large extensions or to anchor and make a primer for the wall or canvas to be painted.
The spray is a great technique, for the versatility, use of color, speed of drying, difference between strokes and textures, it is very suitable for my style.

Sake street art mural. Tribute to Biggie
“Biggie” by SAKE

Where do you get your inspiration? Any specific message in your artwork?
I like to look at a lot of graffiti, street art, muralism, current trends in that subject, audiovisual support, graffiti ancestor styles, I research a lot of photography, graffiti design and illustration, in nature and anatomy.
At this moment I am very interested in the portrait and its study, as well as the photography of important portraits with the use of lights and shadows, gestures or use of color.

Any specific message in your artworks?
I do not look for a specific message, but rather what I said earlier, a harmony in the final work, an expressiveness in the portrait or a peculiar play of lights or a different elaborative process that makes the difference.
Defining your style, your work, is to limit it to the one who sees it.

Sake street artist from Spain
SAKE Street Art

If you can describe yourself, would you say you’re a Street Artist, a Painter, an artist … or something else.
Nowadays, to be pigeonholed in a style, to define yourself can be a bit complex, because we are in front of an explosion of styles, of artistic expressions or of people that create from the spray or the painting, therefore by trying to fit them in a style or word would be difficult because Many disciplines are covered.
I consider myself a graffiti writer, only now I use that skill acquired over time, in making murals, in painting canvas or in creating something from painting, from drawing.

Do you have a “favourite” city where you love to paint? Is there a dream place around the world you would like to go for a mural artwork?
Each city has its own, just as each work has its special part, each city is special for different reasons..
Paris could be a magnificent city to paint, not the outskirts, but within its framework, fitting with its magnificent architecture, within the atmosphere that is created, with that artistic and cultural air that is breathed.
As an objective, I would like to be able to visit Wynwood (Miami) and paint a mural there, it must be exciting to see that many painted murals, that variety of styles, and be able to join and leave your mark there, it is perhaps a next project.

Sake mural artwork on Leroy merlin wall in Spain
SAKE Mural artwork

Do you have any exhibitions and upcoming art fests in the future?
For this year the trips are over, I have been able to travel to four countries this year and next year now I have no further events, although an appearance in a Meeting of Styles or European event is for sure, its at the beginning of the year that I start to close events and exhibitions.
At the exhibitionist level, I am working fully on the development of the current style and preparing works in paintings, in small format for upcoming exhibitions.

Thank’s a lot SAKE. Would you like to add anything else for Streetart360 readers?
Thank you for the opportunity, long life to StreetArt 360 and all the surfaces and people that support graffiti, street art and the current artistic / urban expressionism.
We are in a very good moment, and therefore we must work and enjoy it, and make use of all the opportunities and means we have to make our work known to other people.

SAKE on Internet: Facebook Page –  SAKE Website

SAKE Artwork Photo Gallery:

Street art in spain by SAKE . Female portrait
“portrait” by SAKE
Street Art mural by SAKE . Portrait
Mural art by SAKE
mural by SAKE, street artist from spain
SAKE Street Artist from Spain
Urban artist from spain, SAKE
SAKE Urban Art Mural
Street Art and urban art mural by SAKE
urban art by spanish street artist SAKE
SAKE Street Art
Sake , spanish urban painter
SAKE art
Street art Artwork by SAKE
Artwork by SAKE

All photos by SAKE 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful work.

  2. Suisso says:

    Artista bueno!!!! Un saludo Sake!

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