Blog 1610 Kraser Spain Street Art Neubau Eyewear 5

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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01 Nov. 2016 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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