Eduardo Kobra (1975, Sao Paulo) is one of the street artists and mural’s best-known, most beloved and famous painters in the world today – with works on five continents and an international record for the world’s largest mural.
Kobra secretly began his career in street art during his adolescence. He was arrested three times for "environmental crime" for irregular use of paint sprays on city walls. By the end of the 90s Cobra was still having a hard time picking up his career, he was mostly creating on the street and not getting recognition, until he started making collaborations with a number of large advertising agencies and his career started to take off. His street art only started to get attention in 2007.
Eduardo Kobra describes himself as self-taught and admits that he studied and developed his art by observing the works of artists he admires such as: British Banksy, American Keith Herring and Mexican Diego Rivera. Today all of Kobra's artwork has a universal message for promoting peace. Cobra hopes his artwork will inspire people to make positive changes in the world.
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Brazilian artist Eduardo Cobra uses powerful colors, bold lines and the graphic kaleidoscope he has developed over the years on his way to achieving photo-realism. Cobra remains true to the technique of repeating squares / triangles that allows it to bring color and life to the famous people and characters it paints in its images (mostly people who have influenced or promoted humanity in extraordinary ways like Einstein, Anne Frank, David Bowie, Mother Theresa and more). The checkered pattern, the rich textures, the lines and the shadows develop together in front of the eyes and become a large mural of life that it is impossible not to admire. The realism of his designs often makes the flat paintings look three-dimensional and Eduardo Cobra's "rotating" kaleidoscope is definitely something to pay attention to.
Eduardo Kobra's works are created using the design of a methodical grid of squares and exemplary shading and spinning effects to complete massive-scale portraits on top of buildings. The contrast between the colorfulness of his works and the setting in which the works are located creates an interesting and attention-grabbing urban contrast. Eduardo Kobra's cunning use of brushes and spray cans brings to life famous figures from the past, emphasizing their true nature and beauty. Even when his works are in black and white, they are breathtaking when some of them are placed against the background of his checkered and colorful kaleidoscope..
His successful career has led him to paint in various countries around the world such as: USA, Mexico, Miami, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Netherlands, Russia, Japan and India.
Eduardo Kobra, like other leading artists in the world, is careful to combine FINE ART's work for galleries and museums with STREET ART, which he paints in the city for the benefit of all (even for residents who are not exposed to their artists and art on a daily basis). A glimpse of the works of art sold in the galleries can be seen, for example, in the Israeli Eden Gallery.
At the bottom of the post, you will find a link to Eduardo Cobra's website and Instagram.