Two of Rome’s street artists sit down to discuss their favorite topic, the street art scene.
How long have you been a “street artist? How did you start?
Mr.Klevra: It’s all Omino71’s fault. I didn’t even like these posters on the street, and now, after quite a few years, I find myself making bigger and more complex posters… So if you want to blame someone, blame him!
Omino71: Let’s be honest, without the Internet, street art would have remained a neighbourhood phenomenon, so my “birth” can only coincide with my opening of a Flickr account in 2006. If you go looking through my pictures you’ll find colorful sponge mosaics from back in 1999, but was it street art? And was I Omino71? Boh!
Have you ever had legal problems because of street art?
Mr.Klevra: Fortunately not, but this is also because I’m a fast runner. I remember once in Milan, last year, with Hogre… As I was taking a picture of the poster I’d just done, I found the police next to me with their lights flashing like a disco… Off we ran… Maybe as I get older I’ll slow down and they’ll catch me, but I’ll just blame it on Omino71.
Omino71: No comment.
What type of research goes into your art? What do you use as inspiration?
Mr.Klevra: I’m constantly unsatisfied and am always attempting to develop new techniques and ideas; I have a lot of inspirations, like Ivan Albright. I’ve always been a self-taught person, and my curiosity has always stimulated the search for new inspirations, from comic books to the most classic of art, from poetry to classics like the Odyssey. Oftentimes I realize that my art comes out of whatever is impacting my life in that moment.
Omino71: AVANTI POP! Haring and Cattelan, Cutrone and Rotella, Liechtenstein and Bonvi, M.Chat and Bol23.
Where does the eikonprOJeKt come from?
Mr.Klevra: It’s the fusion of three completely different minds, brought together by a passion for street art – creating art on the streets has no price. It’s myself, Omino71, and Jessica Stewart (http://romephotoblog.com/about-2/about/), who has captured each moment with her camera. For me, what brings us all together is the love and passion with which we do what makes us happy.
Omino71: It’s a project that unifies iconography, street art, and photography.
Who is the nicest/friendliest of the street artists in Rome?
Mr.Klevra: Not me, I have my sharp angles… The nicest and most cheerful is Hogre.
Omino71: Other than Mr. Klevra (who isn’t even that nice), definitely Zorro, who you all know as Hogre.
Interview by: Tomas Mancin – Street Art Roma
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