Interview w/ KAS

KAS is a talented Portuguese street artist born in Porto who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. His passion for art began at a young age. His father – also a painter – had big influence on him. KAS started painting classic graffiti lettering in the streets of Porto in 1999, he is a self-made artist, but he has learned informally from some of the greatest graffiti artists in Portugal.
KAS kindly agreed to answer my questions (not only) regarding his work.
Enjoy the interview!

Allegedly, you first got into graffiti by tagging all over the streets and then gradually progressed into street art and photorealism. How do you view tagging now? Do you see it as vandalism?
Yes, I started with classic graffiti and tags but evolution is a part of life so I developed my work in a different direction. But nowadays, I still look at tags in the same way as 15 years ago…The same message, the same style, the same adrenaline and sometimes I do the same. πŸ˜‰
Of course I hate tags on monuments!

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~ By KAS ~ The Final Sunset – Bali, Indonesia

Do your murals have a hidden meaning or do you mostly create them for enjoyment?
I always have a meaning in my murals. I believe that street art is a power media and I use it to pass a message or an idea.

What or who inspires you?
All around me is a reason to be inspired. In the last 2 years I’ve started to mix photorealism with puzzle patterns and I like to play with the pieces and create some 3D effects.

Do you have any favourite street artists?
Yes a lot of them.Β It is difficult to choose the favorite artists because nowadays the list is quite large.

What would you like to achieve in the future/what are you currently working on?
I just want to continue my work and be better than yesterday. At the moment I have a couple of different projects on the way all around the world.

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~ By KAS ~ Smiles don’t use skin colors – Brussels, Belgium

Have you ever been caught by the police while painting?
Yes I’ve been caught and I ran away from the cops a lot of times.
Normally I say: if you never run from the cops you don’t know what graffiti is!

Do you have a motto or anything that you would like to share?
Do what you love and you will be happy forever…

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~ By KAS ~ Dubai, UAE

Finally, here are a few quick questions.

What do you see in front of you?
A wall that needs to be painted πŸ˜‰
What did you have for lunch today?
Spray paint!
Most recent travel destination?
I was in Dubai painting for Dubai canvas 3D art Festival.
Your dream job?
I already have a dream job.
What superpower would you like to have?
I would like to have the power to stop the hunger in the world and the suffering of children in the war.

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Check out KAS’s work on his websiteΒ and Facebook.

Thank you again for the inteview KAS!


Have a beautiful day!

Merry Christmas

Wishing you peace, joy and love!

May this time be about what really matters – spending time with your loved ones rather than focusing on the material gifts – that is what these two pieces are trying to say. The first one is by Bordalo II and the second by KAS. 

Thank you for visiting Street Art Rat and leaving lovely comments, I appreciate it! Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas surrounded by your loved ones and good food.

Happy holidays!

Who Is KAS?

KAS is a Portuguese self-taught street artist who was born and raised in Porto, he currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
His passion for art began at a young age. His father – also a painter – was a major part of his childhood and had big influence on him. KAS took part in various international exhibitios around Europe. In his recent works he mixes photorealism and puzzle patterns which gives this amazing 3D effect to his works.

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~ By KAS ~ “Don’t Use Me As a Winter Jacket!” – Kuta, Indonesia – Check out: kasartofficial.com for more

KAS has been in Bali, China and Malaysia during the last two months and he managed to paint many murals on various street art events, commissions and live paintings.
He also agreed to answer a couple of my questions about his work – If there is anything that you would like to ask KAS then let me know in the comments! I will be more than happy to forward your questions to him!

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~ By KAS ~ “Eyes On Temple” – Bali, Indonesia – kasartofficial.com

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