O Enterro do Galo/ The Burial of the Rooster, Lorenzo Pereira, Lisbon 2015

Raphael Sagarra, or simply Finok, grew up in a city considered to be the center of South American graffiti culture. In the streets and alleys of Cambuci, he was influenced by the growing street art culture.  There he made his first artistic steps in 2002, painting on the facades of buildings. By time, Finok went forward and, developing studio practice, emerged as exhibitor in well-known galleries, not only in Brazil, but in the United States and Europe as well. However, he never gave up of motifs and techniques of the artistic surrounding in which he had formed his style. 

Unique mixture of traditions, customs and beliefs characterizes the Brazilian popular culture. The influence of African voodoo art and the shades of different religions and beliefs shaped the artistic approach of youngsters painting on the walls of big Brazilian cities. He developed his own works based on perceptions of numerous traditions of the Brazilian society, sharing the same practices of colorful interpretations of different layers of the popular culture, often sharing some features similar to the caricature. Finok used green as the dominant color, respecting the tradition of Brazilian street artists in choosing a specific color scheme for the street works. Later on, he began to use all colors, with green remaining the most important one.

Much of the Finok’s work is dealing with interpretations of spiritual and religious manifestations of popular beliefs. With expressionistic characteristics, his works are often dominated by colorful geometrical shapes representing different elements of popular imagery. Trying to understand the human needs for belonging to a group by participating in popular spiritual or religious manifestations, Finok developed his own narrative on these popular practices. The Burial of the Rooster show will exhibit some of these works that will be particularly interesting for the Lisbon public, since Portugal and Brazil have similar elements in their respective popular cultures.

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