Ahead of this year’s 3D Street Art Fstival in Dubai, we catch up with Portuguese artist, Odeith, to find out what inspires him, how it all started and more little things that drive this talented artist to inspire us all! Enjoy
(ISSA) -What you choose to drink? Coffee, Tea, Beer, Soda or something else?
(Odeith) -It depends of the moment, normally coffee after the meals, tea sometimes, Beer, always good with meals, to chill after a working day. Soda, I don’t like.
My name’s Sérgio Odeith.
I was born in 1976, Lisbon, Portugal.
I’m a huge Sport Lisboa e Benfica fan.
I love to travel, visit new countries and spread my art around the world.
– Where does your tag name come from?
Sounds like the Portuguese word Odeio-te which means “I hate you”
-How do you define yourself? Artist? Street artist? Anything else?
I can say that I define myself as an Artist.
-How do you feel being shortlisted for the 2017 Dubai Canvas 3D art award?
I think my first impression was I wanna change the sketch to make it even better.
Well of course i’m kidding, I was really happy to be shortlisted.
-Will it be your first time to visit Dubai?
No, I’ve been there already a few times.
– How did it all start for you, and what is it nowadays?
It started 20 years ago, with the growth of Graffiti in Portugal.
Since I was a little kid I always been interested with art, from cinema to painting and music.
Start painting small murals in my hometown in the beginning, and then getting recognized in my country, always improving and exploring new things. In 2005 with my anamorphic style, I gained recognition worldwide.
Nowadays, I live as an artist, it was a huge battle, but I never gave up, always trying to improve and do more and original pieces, learning and most of all trying to overcome my own self.
-What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Watching football news about my team, breakfast and shower.
-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?
It depends, I love music but I don’t have a specific type of music to accompany my work, from Hip Hop to Metal, I hear almost everything.
-In all forms of art, inspiration is crucial. What is it that inspires you?
sometimes it’s just a 3D effect other times I get inspired on the news or society problems.
-What is the hardest part while working on a piece of art?
I don’t think there’s a hardest part because I love to paint, but maybe I can say that the hardest thing, it’s when I’m painting and the final result doesn’t look how I imagined.
-Do you have an artist(s) you admire and what for?
-Which cities are the most inspiring for you?
My own city, Lisbon, it´s one of the most inspiring cities for me. Other place that I felt really inspired was Baton Rouge- Louisiana.
-What other passions do you have apart from art?
I can say, Sport Lisboa e Benfica, music and video.
-Do you have a wild project that you dream of achieving some day?
I think that I already achieve, living as an artist specially in Portugal, it’s a really big wild project.
-Tell us about your art, does it include symbolisms, messages or repeated patterns?
Not really most of the times its just 3D chrome letters.
– How long time does a piece of art work of yours usually survive for?
It depends, if it’s like a concrete wall, it survives for a long long time.
If it’s like a work for some client in a wood structure it survives as long as the client wants.
-What do people first think of, or feel, when they see one of your works on the street?
Normally they really like, from kids to old people, they always give me the congratulations for my work.
-Do you have a secret you would like to share with us?
No, I like to keep secrets for myself.
-What are your creative plans for the future?
Keep doing my work and getting better every day as long as I can.
-Is there a specific thought or message you would like to pass to our audience out there?
I would like to thank to everyone who likes and supports my work.
Never give up and always chase your dreams.
Thank you! It’s been great to get to know more about the mind and person behind such talented and inspiring works.
‘’I Support Street Art’’ team.
Check out Odeith’s artist profile here.