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. 😉
Of course I hate tags on monuments!
~ 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. 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.
~ 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…
~ 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 😉
What did you have for lunch today?
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.
Check out KAS’s work on his website and Facebook.
Thank you again for the inteview KAS!
Have a beautiful day!