Raphael Sagarra “Finok” Incorporates Brazilian Folk Culture into His Art

by Clara MoraesPosted on

Elements from Brazilian folk culture like kites, air balloons and the traditional apparel are the inspiration for Brazilian street artist Raphael Sagarra aka Finok’s colorful body of work. The São Paulo based artist first entered the world of graffiti at a young age with the VLOK crew, which also included artists like Os Gêmeos and Nunca. In an email to Hi-Fructose, Finok explained that his new work is a reflection on “human positioning throughout life, and how we are always trying to see both sides of the coin in every situation”. Shown below, these pieces merge together recurring subjects like anthropology, subculture, religion, and Brazilian traditions linked with the concept of duplicity. One new installation is of paper balloons propelled by fire, which are considered illegal as they are an environmental crime in Brazil. The artist explains that there is contradiction in pieces like this, which are as dangerous as they are beautiful and delicate.

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