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Face to face with Kraser, the Spanish street art legend with a crush for Italy

At the Italian launch of neubau eyewear in Milan, we had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Kraser, a Spanish artist and graphic designer now living in Italy, and one of the most unusual and interesting figures of the European phenomenon of street art.

Kras­er has a very per­son­al style that mix­es low­brow art, old mas­ter and sur­re­al­ism to cre­ate works that blend irony and dream­like concepts.

A native of Carta­ge­na, you now live and work in Milan. Why did you choose Italy and the cap­i­tal city of Lom­bardy?
In my opin­ion, Italy has always been a very inter­est­ing coun­try, a great cul­ture and is home to many great artists. I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to come here on a few occa­sions, and it seemed very famil­iar. I felt the same sense in oth­er Mediter­ranean coun­tries, but no one has ever made me feel at home like Italy has. I start­ed going to Milan and got to know great­ly appre­ci­at­ed artists that, with the pas­sage of time, turned into great friends.

Cities often affect the work of an artist deci­sive­ly. If this is true, in what way can we see this in your work?
This is also true in my case. Even if, more than the city I am influ­enced by the change of life.
When I first arrived was paint­ing Dom’s” abstract exper­i­men­tal graf­fi­ti; at that time I was only let­ter­ing, even if I was will­ing to make a change in my work encour­aged by the need to tell things. Even­tu­al­ly, my work has changed from let­ter­ing to figurative.

In many Euro­pean cap­i­tals quar­ters that were pre­vi­ous­ly periph­er­al and indus­tri­al are being trans­formed into cre­ative and cul­tur­al hubs of the city. This is also hap­pen­ing in Milan. In which quar­ter is this atmos­phere more vibrant? What quar­ters inspired you?
Every­thing inspires me. I am obvi­ous­ly attract­ed to periph­er­al area like those near the Nav­igli. In this area I can stop and see the chaos of the cen­tre from afar. I am not so good at remem­ber­ing names of neigh­bour­hoods, I am only lim­it­ed to seiz­ing what cross­es my path.

Street art is one of the most evi­dent expres­sions of these new cre­ative quar­ters. How does your work inter­act and come into con­tact with the city?
When you work in a stu­dio you are your­self and have music, the work and time at your dis­pos­al. On the con­trary, on the street you exposed to the opin­ion of the pub­lic, time is lim­it­ed to the light and varies accord­ing to cli­mat­ic con­di­tions. The cre­ation of a mur­al is a new expe­ri­ence for the artist as much as for the peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate in cre­at­ing it since they will always feel a part of that piece of wall.

Right now your per­son­al Blue Habi­tat” is at Killer Kic­cen, where you also par­tic­i­pat­ed in the launch of neubau eye­wear. Do you feel that the col­lab­o­ra­tion between brands and artists can be a gen­uine route for pro­mot­ing art and cre­ativ­i­ty?
I feel that any type of col­lab­o­ra­tion is fruit­ful. Often, gen­er­at­ing new ideas and inno­v­a­tive con­cepts turns into some­thing unique. This hap­pened to me with neubau and Killer Kic­cen; if it was not for this col­lab­o­ra­tion, per­haps I would nev­er have pro­duced the refrig­er­a­tor instal­la­tion, so I am very proud.

Is there one place where you would like to live and draw, where you have not been yet?
New York, even if I do not know if I would like to live there since I feel at home here. I would pre­fer work­ing there for long peri­ods. I paint­ed in many cities such as Bei­jing, Athens, Mia­mi, Berlin, and many Ital­ian cities and, of course, in Spain. As of today, I would like my base to be Milan, but who knows, only time will decide on my destination.

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Where do you get the inspi­ra­tion for the sub­jects of your work? How does the study and inspi­ra­tion phase take place?
Many things inspire me; I am a great observ­er of life. There are times when I am with my friends and I hear some­one say, what’s going on, why don’t you say some­thing?”; In fact, I was alien­at­ed and was busy analysing the lights and shad­ows around me. I am inspired by any­thing that cross­es my path includ­ing art, archi­tec­ture and even the sim­ple things of life. I nor­mal­ly gen­er­ate the idea after hav­ing seen it in my head togeth­er with what I want to express. The next step is devel­op­ing it on can­vas or on a wall and adding or remov­ing ele­ments depend­ing on the inspi­ra­tion at that time, which gives added val­ue to the work. This is why I ded­i­cate a lot of time think­ing when devel­op­ing the work.

Is there a way to train” cre­ativ­i­ty?
I guess so. I think it’s a mat­ter of time and effort along with a good dose of curios­i­ty and the desire to evolve. I know some cas­es where the artist has the fault­less abil­i­ty to shape a pho­to­graph on can­vas with­out being able to cre­ate some­thing of his own. The evo­lu­tion of an artist is at the base of everything.

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