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King Kobra

By Eugene S. Robinson


Because urban blasts of technicolor protest never looked so sweet.

Eduardo Kobra, born and bred in São Paulo, was heavily influenced by New York City graffiti from the golden age of street and subway bombers. Artists large (Dondi, baby) and larger, like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring et al., made way for Kobra to emerge with his own thing, in his own time: huge, building-slathering murals, right about now.

Self-taught and using the streets as his laboratory since he was 12 years old, Kobra is making murals that are gracing walls, galleries and museums everywhere from New York and London to Miami and Paris. Kobra, 39, draws from photos and themes that touch on a place’s historical past and present, using a mix of found and repurposed materials. His techniques amp up technicolor 3-D imagery in a way that puts him miles ahead of your average street scribbler.

Come see for yourself.


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