South American street artist Finok on the streets of London

Hookedblog ventured over to Waterloo earlier today to catch a look at the fresh new work of São Paulo-based street artist Raphael Sagarra aka Finok. Finok is one of Brazil’s rising young artists who is currently in London ahead of his upcoming solo show at Lazarides Rathbone gallery.

Street artist Finok in London

Tropical Miscegenation will be the artist's first London solo exhibition which will feature a brand new series of paintings alongside the artist's most iconic sculptures and installations. We have been following Finok's work online for some time via his instagram account and it's great to get to see some of his work in person and here in London.


South American street artist Finok on the streets of London

Speaking about the upcoming show Finok has said, “Years ago, while traveling through my home country of Brazil, I could see and observe the existing cultural diversity here. I really looked at people’s characteristics and facial features to examine what a “racial mixture” might be. 

I researched my own background and discovered I have Japanese and Spanish descent. The foundations of Brazil and its culture are made up of small portions of the entire world. The Brazilian way of life and society make this explicit; you see the miscegenation through the music, the beliefs, the culture and gastronomy. 

I then began connecting a number of events from past to present situations: multiculturalism, slavery, and cannibalism. The main character trait in Brazilian culture is miscegenation, reflected in everything we do. In many situations, the present mimics the past, which will end up repeating itself in the future but in a different way. The colonial slaves no longer exist yet slavery still exists in the contemporary. Nowadays in Brazil we do not eat human esh, as some indigenous tribes did in the past to give them their enemy’s qualities, but in contemporary society there are other cannibalistic ways that take advantage of the enemy’s skills. 

 “Tropical Miscegenation” presents all of this; miscegenation in its purest form.”

South American street artist Finok on the streets of London

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South American street artist Finok on the streets of London

The metallic paint used in the mural by Finok catching the sun.

  South American street artist Finok on the streets of London

The completed mural by Finok in Waterloo, just around the corner from Leake Street, London.

Tropical Miscegenation will open at Lazarides Rathbone with a private view on the 24th of November with the exhibition continuing at the gallery until the 23rd of December. Finok's new street work can be seen in Waterloo on Addington Street.

Exhibition Details

Private View: Thursday 24th November 6-9pm
Exhibition runs: 25th November – 23rd December 2016 
Location: Lazarides, 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR.

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