Posted on 18 Apr, 2013

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When I was running around Sao Paulo began to notice Sipros, whose carefully constructed highly realistic characters are a rarity in a city filled with so many different styles. How and why could descend into something so different from his colleagues intrigued me. Almost 30 and painting for half his life without any formal art education, Sipros’ story becomes increasingly interesting the more you discover.

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Seeking Sipros

I was born in Sao Roque a historical city, inside Sao Paulo, Brazil. I liked drawing since I was 5 years old, and the school I attended had a lot of graffiti, which I saw very often. I was interested in doing my own drawings on the street with spraypaint; I started painting in 1997. SIPROS is a name I created - I identified with that name; it’s a remedy to strengthen the national graffiti realism! 

I mainly paint people but I’m currently varying the faces I paint so that I can get more and more details. If you limit yourself you will never learn anything; I am always learning new techniques that makes my work more real. I always try to evolve!

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I developed my technique by painting with characters filled with blocks of colour; over time I tried to breakd down skin colors. I gradually evolved the characters I created. I didn’t have much support or advice to start but today I’ve seen a lot of work by Tasso, Case, Belin, Alyssa Monks, Akut, Bonga. I also love the work of Ma’claim Bonga and El Mac.

Today I paint walls, shop shutters and already I’ve painted a lot of passenger trains. Sometimes I paint canvases with acrylic paints too. I like to paint most with spray paint! I’ve been part of some exhibitions in Sao Paulo. I have future plans for a solo show, but I believe I have to learn to paint more: I’m just starting my career.

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Why does my work stand out so much? Well, I believe the evolution of my work is because I paint very fast – that’s how I learned the details of my techniques. People say I paint fast but it’s probably because when I paint I do not like to talk – I just paint!

Graffiti in [Sao Paulo] Brazil is a lot about individuals – there is a lot of ego and much falsehood. The guy who paints with you today may speak ill of you on another day. Unfortunately the culture here in Brazil is this. Other artists you should look out for in Sao Paulo are ED.Mun, Evol, Maumeks, Fedos, Bonga, Pycke, Mirage, Chambs, Vespa, Fear among others! I’ve painted in some places outside of Sao Paulo and it was really cool because I met other people who paint, then met other cultures and learned from them too.

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I believe we should be more focused on our work (graffiti) and gossip less. I’m not the only one who does realism and there are people out there who are much better than me. I learned to always respect others and their choices and never discredit anyone. Whatever others speak or think …  live for you. We are unique and irreplaceable!! Thank to God for this gift!

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