Tuesday, 31 August 2010

LSD Magazine Interviews - Milo Tchais (Issue 5)

Brazillian Londoner Milo Tchais’s rhapsodies of swirling form and joyous colour have been setting the streets of London and the wider firmament alight for many a year now. Synthesising radiant elements from the natural world with the gently distorting mirror of imagination, his otherworldly human forms nestle into an orgy of spiraling abstraction and a landscape of explosive inner space. Silky movement glides through the figurative prism and lifts layer after layer of texture into a joyous sea of celebration, reflection, exploration, and transcendental wanderings through the third eye. We spoke to Milo

We know your self taught but how long did it take to master your craft? 

I haven’t mastered it yet... But it has been 13 years of streets and 5 of studio dedication to get to where my style is now. What influenced your decision to paint on the streets in the first place? I was drawn to the pixação writing style, the hardcore tagging scene specific to Sao Paulo, it’s what turned my attention to urban street writing, and a love for letter styling in the first place. In spite of never having been a true “pixador” (one who does pixação), my urge to go out and paint was to do pixação in the very beginning, as there is a very thin membrane but sometimes a big gap between the graffiti and pixação scenes which keeps merging and splitting constantly, depending on the artist and point of view. Pixaçao was what I saw at first as a little kid around the streets during the first generation and with a second just emerging of writers influenced by the hiphop graffiti painting in São Paulo with little visual information around, and the wonders of the virtual world not yet established. More influences and magazines came about, and seeing more pieces and murals, I quickly got hooked and found myself doing panels almost every day around the city, which developed into murals and big productions. 

Your colourful murals have been gracing London walls for years, how long you been painting here? 

Nine years now, and not just walls have been graced in that time... 

Your work has an almost off planet feel to them, tell us a little about the natural worlds you paint? 

Nature has always played a big part in my life, and is a big influence in my work. But I’m also very interested in the mental power of imagination, and how the inner world becomes part of the outer, collective, world. Even though it has a dreamy feel, I believe this mind power, which turns possibilities into something unique that can be shared, is exactly what connects us and everything together. And it is in fact imagery very directly connected to what we perceive as reality, consciousness, and the building blocks of the universe.

What influences your character designs? 

Our Mother and Home, Earth, this whole natural and conscious world, love, and people I’ve met through my life. Cartoon and graffiti designs, oriental illustration, expressionism, impressionism, fauvism, worldwide motifs and patterns. And that’s apart from abstract styles, lines and shapes sparked from spray painting, designing and filling pieces and murals and a lot of sketching.


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