The continuously evolving kaleidoscope that is Eduardo Kobra’s art is certainly something to take note of.
Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra utilizes bright colors and bold lines while staying true to a kaleidoscope theme throughout his art. The technique of repeating squares and triangles allows him to bring to life the famous people he depicts in his images. This checkered pattern, filled with different textures, lines, and shading, builds up to Eduardo Kobra’s final masterpiece, a larger than life mural for all to see and marvel at.
Eduardo Kobra’s ability to achieve photorealism while maintaining his playful, color theme is fantastic, making for a striking contrast against the setting it is placed in. Specifically, his cunning use of brushes, airbrush, and spray cans serve as a means of bringing to life notable figures from the past, emphasizing their true dignified nature and beauty. Eduardo Kobra has also utilized a darker color palette in some of his works while maintaining that stunning air of beauty in throughout his work. You can’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia while looking at his creations, taking you back to a time when those individuals existed. The ability to recreate art that taps into individuals and eras past is a truly gift given to Kobra that is purely remarkable.
Deviating from notable figures, Eduardo Kobra has also stayed true to the everyday human subject, maintaining his bold color use to bring these individuals to light in his works. Within the same vein, his use of black and white images are breathtaking when placed against his colorful checkered backgrounds. Eduardo Kobra’s works are truly a labor of love, using methodical grid planning and masterful shading and swirling effects to complete massively-scaled portraits that are typically done on buldings, walls, and murals. Nevertheless, historical figures are Eduardo Kobra’s strong suit, evoking memories of moments past that still resonate with audiences today.
Eduardo Kobra’s early works were only painted in Brazil, and in 2011 Kobra created his first mural outside his country as France invited him to paint a wall about immigration in a neighbourhood of Lyon. The rest of his career took him to paint in different countries around the world like the USA, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Netherlands, Russia, Japan and India.
In 2016 Eduardo Kobra made the headlines for creating his illustrious mural ‘Las Etnias’ (The Ethnicities) that lined Olympic Boulevard at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Stretching over 32,000 square feet, ‘Las Etnias‘ earned Kobra and his team the record for the Largest spray paint mural by a team. A year later, Kobra and his group beat their previous title with their gigantic work at Cacua Show Headquarters, a chocolate company located in Sao Paulo, Brazil – a masterpiece which took 700 hours to complete and more than doubled their 2016 record.