We have the pleasure to present an interview with the Spanish Street artist Kraser. Kraser started his passion for art in Cartagena, Spain, and nowadays in Milan. He is mainly known for his paintings with detailed animals on a big scale. Join us as we meet the person behind these complicated masterpieces!
– (ISSA)- Hello Kraser, what would you choose to drink? Coffee, Tea, Beer, Soda or something else?
– (Kraser)- In the morning when I get up I take a decaffeinated coffee because I have problems with pressure, but if I’m on a terrace of a bar I prefer to order a coffee, Bombon, and sparkling water.
-Introduce yourself to us!
My name is Kraser. I am an artist and graphic designer born in 1977 in Cartagena (Spain) and currently living in Milan (Italy).
– Where does your tag name come from?
It is a combination of vowels and consonants that I liked. I wanted something original and unique, but with the time I learned that it is a surname. In fact I received messages from ‘kraser’ asking me if we are related 🙂
– How do you define yourself? Artist? Street artist? Anything else?
I am a multidisciplinary artist with a large part of my work developped on the street.
– How did it all start for you, and what is it nowadays?
I started like all of us, we started signing our name and then evolves. In those years we did not have much information about graffiti in my city, which generated a very particular style. Over time the letter was not enough for me, I needed to have more things and so I started to paint figurative in 2012.
-What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
I light a cigar, I drink my coffee and go to the bathroom 🙂
-Street art is mostly a visually stimulating form of art. To add one more sense to it, what music would you pick to accompany your art work?
I like all types of music and I don’t think I could choose one in particular. This would depend on all in the shape, color and what i want transmitted in that instant with my art work. It could be anything from classical, flamenco to hard music
-In all forms of art, inspiration is crucial. What is it that inspires you?
My inspiration comes from different aspects, not only artistic movements, either architecture, paint, cinema,… also the life influences, and what I want to express, the today’s society, from a beautifull sunset to feelings, concerns, solutions,…
-What is the hardest part while working on a piece of art?
The hardest part… I don’t know what to tell you. There aren´t difficult parts, the only could be the deadline to finish because my compositions are complicated and I need to think about them a lot. Usually I have an idea and I develop it at the same moment.
-Do you have an artist(s) you admire and what for?
I admire many artists, some for their work and others because are excelent persons. If a person makes a very interesting art work but is a not good person, I stop liking their work, I don´t have more interest.
-Which cities are the most inspiring for you?
All have something special but the more inspiring for me I could say that is my hometown and where I live nowadays.
-What other passions do you have apart from art?
I listen to music every day, I love fantasy movies, try to go to the cinema to see them, and also to travel the world.
-Do you have a wild project that you dream of achieving some day?
I dont dream with anything in particular, whatever comes is welcome.
-Tell us about your art, does it include symbolisms, messages or repeated patterns?
Uff… of course, I narrate a story. My art is complete of symbols which I give my own interpretations, it’s impossible to tell a story if I don’t used these objets. These objets are repeated many times in diferent works, sometimes these are modified and other times are new, It depends on what you want to act out. The meaning of one symbol for me can be different to other people. For me the interpretation of the public it’s very important, because I cannot be there to explain every movement or symbol of it.
– How long time does a piece of art work of yours usually survive for?
It depends, there are months that it sells well and others nothing, have to be a good economist also.
-What do people first think of, or feel, when they see one of your works on the street?
Usually It is very positive, the people like a lot and I love to paint listenning the interpretation of people on the back. It is so funny.
-Do you have a secret you would like to share with us? 🙂
Im not a man of secrets 🙁
-What are your creative plans for the future?
I will work, will work and again will work.
-Is there a specific thought or message you would like to pass to our audience out there?
At the people following my job, Thanks! And soon there will be more 🙂
Many congratulations at your staff for the excellent work that you doing.
Thank you Kraser, it’s been great to get to know more about the person behind such inspiring works.
‘’I Support Street Art’’ team.
See more: Kraser Profile and works