In the past 10 years Raphael Sagarra, aka “Finok”, has established himself as one of the most prolific names on the streets of São Paulo, the megalopolis which has been the epicenter of South American graffiti culture since the 90s. His works expand on elements from Brazilian folk culture, weaving them with his own personal vision.
Finok places the subjects of his canvases into visually striking contexts, creating patterns with wood, often layering different planes, punctuating the surface. Behind what seems like an innocent game actually lurks a violent nature which turns into a battle for survival. For the artist, it represents a way of preparing for the perils that come with adult life.
A universe of beliefs and devotional customs, present in Brazilian religious syncretism, is expressed through the religious masks and shrines that often recur in Finok’s works.
Raphael Sagarra, aka Finok, (1985) is a Brazilian artist from São Paulo who entered the world of graffiti at a young age with the famous VLOK crew, founded by and comprising Os Gemeos and Nunca, to then make his way into museums and galleries worldwide. Some recent solo shows: Finok-Tropical Miscegenation, Lazarides Rathbone, London, 2016; Sorrir e Chorar, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, 2015; O Enterro do Galo, Lisbona, Portugal, 2015; Despacho, Smith Galeria, San Paolo, Brazil, 2013; Finok, Ruttkowski gallery, Cologne, Germany, 2012.
Some important recent projects: Festival Iminente, Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2019; Projeto Xalabas, Praia, Cabo Verde, 2018; Instituto Iracema, Fortaleza, Brasil, 2018; Vulica Brasil, Minsk, Belarus, 2016; A Baiana, Mural in Lisboa, Portugal, 2015; Converse Rubbertracks, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2015.
Group shows: IV Bienal do Sertao de Artes Visuais, Museu do Piauì, Teresina, Brasil, 2019; From the World, Made in Lisboa, Underdogs Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, 2019; Underdogs, Principe Real, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017; UNESCO Weltkulturerbe, Volklinger Hutte Museum, Germany, 2017; Artmossphere Biennale, Moscow Museum and Exhibition Association Manage, Moscow, 2016; Cruel Summer, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, USA, 2014; Graffiti Fine Art International Biennial, Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (MuBE), Brazil; Namaste India' – Ise & Finok visiting India, New Delhi, 2013; Coyo, Ise, Finok, Os Gemeos, Art-Pack, Museu Colecção, 2009.