Back Talk with Speto

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Speto, one of Brazil’s most popular street artists, fuses painting, illustration, graffiti, and graphics to create his own eclectic breed of street art.   Speto's roots lie in the music movement of hip-hop and the local pop culture that surrounded him when he first started to paint graffiti at the age of 14 in the mid ‘80s. In his work, this free-spirit strives to find the dignity in the people and simple things that surround him.   Learn more about this life-loving artist and find out what it is that he sees in the dark.

Back Talk with Chris Lundy

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Oahu-based artist Chris Lundy (Juxtapoz cover #63) lives an existence  saturated in art and surfing. Not only does it sound like a great life, but it adds the type of palpable authenticity to an artist's work that can only be achieved after years of dedication.   Immortalizing his surfing roots, Lundy captures the kinetic energy and graceful motion of surf culture in vibrant paintings he calls "meditations in and of themselves," which he hopes "serve as a glimpse into the rhythmic, radiant sanctuary that is the true home of many.”   In anticipation of his upcoming new solo exhibition Notes From the Field, which opens this Saturday, March 14, we pulled Chris out of the water to answer our questions for Back Talk. Learn more on this ocean-obsessed creator here.

Back Talk with Case

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 09, 2009
Case (above center) is a German artist known for his stunningly realistic graffiti pieces all across Europe as well as the rest of the globe. A member of the notorious German four-person crew Maclaim, Case has been killing it on the streets and in galleries alike for years and has been gaining increasing notoriety for his recent mixed media on panel and card pieces.   Although his growing popularity can make him a difficult artist to get a hold of, Case kindly took the time to take part in our Back Talk feature. 

Back Talk with Zezão

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 05, 2009
Not many people see sewer systems as a perfect artistic arena, but then again Zezão is no average artist- he’s a leader of the Brazilian abstract street art movement.   To Zezão, sewers are the perfect canvas. Famous for his activity in the city's underground, Zezão goes into sewers and invades the rainwater channels that flow toward São Paulo's rivers to reveal the beauty of the city’s monstrous garbage.   Talk about beauty being in the eye of the beholder.   Learn more on the most creative sewer pioneer we've ever met by reading Zezão's anwsers to our Back Talk feature.

Back Talk with Ramon Martins

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 05, 2009
Ramon Martins is an intensely introspective and meaningful creator who remembers to keep things light and fun (just take a look at his self portrait below) when necessary. This Brazilian-born artist finds ease in combining diverse elements such as baroque style with street art, whether he’s using spray, acrylic painting, watercolor, or even ‘sprinkle’ techniques.

Balk Talk with Alex Pardee

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Alex Pardee (Juxtapoz cover #79) is a creative machine. Fresh off a highly successful solo show at FIFTY24SF Gallery, he continues to work on commissioned projects, perfect his upcoming animated film Chadam with Warner Bros, and some how he still finds time to run his business Zerofriends, all the while remaining one of the coolest dudes we know. Not bad, Mr Pardee.   Despite his massive success, Pardee remains delightfully quirky. He never ceases to inspire, provoke thought and make us laugh. So join us in picking the man's brain and read Alex Pardee's anwsers to Back Talk.

Back Talk with Titi Freak

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 27, 2009
Brazilian street and fine artist Titi Freak is one of the nicest and most original artists emerging from his home country today.   Aside from being a major player in the creation of the Brazilian street art scene for the past decade, Titi Freak is also an excellent studio artist (he will be participating in tomorrow's group show, SÃO PAULO, curated by Brazil's Choque Cultural Gallery in association with Jonathan LeVine Gallery at Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery) and is even a champion yo-yo player.   Think that's interesting? Learn more about a creator who refuses to grow up by reading Back Talk with Titi Freak.

Back Talk with Stephan Doitschinoff aka Calma

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 27, 2009
Stephan Doitschinoff, aka Calma, may call São Paulo, Brazil home but his increasing popularity has him traveling all over the globe.   Thankfully, we were able to snag Stephan and get him to answer some questions for us, in anticipation of his upcoming participation in São Paulo, curated by Brazil's Choque Cultural Gallery in association with Jonathan LeVine Gallery, opening this Saturday, February 28th at Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery. Stephan has a mesmerizing and distinctive style, which simultaneously embraces and rebukes Brazilian cultural traditions. Fusing Brazilian folk art, religious and gothic imagery, and dash of Sao Paolo’s graffiti influence, Stephan’s artwork is as unique as it is beautiful.   Stephan isn’t all business, however. Learn more about this artist and how he got out of a $10,000 hospital bill (!)

Back Talk with REVOK

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 24, 2009
REVOK may seem intimidating, but one look at this hilarious photo and it’s clear that (1) REVOK is awesome (2) he’s a sweetheart and (3) you need to learn more about him.   Naturally we anticipated your desire to get to know one of the most elusive, famed, and respected graffiti artists the world has to offer, so we got him to share his dirty lil secrets by answering our Back Talk Questions.   Okay, not all his secrets are dirty, but he does spill details about how he dodged getting caught by LA’s finest while working on a piece one crazy night. See what we’re talking about by reading Back Talk with REVOK below.

Back Talk with Sam Flores

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 20, 2009
Sam Flores (Juxtapoz cover #95) could be described as a cheeky monkey, but you’ll be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t enjoy his artwork. The massively popular San Francisco-based artist Sam Flores is known worldwide for his colorful mixed media paintings, as well as his colorful character. Always on the move, Sam just hit us back with answers to our burning questions. Learn more on this talented guy and why he really wants to wrestle a tiger underwater.

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