Stand in front of one of Cecê Nobre’s paintings and you immediately enter his energetic, indigenous world. A rising figure on the city’s burgeoning street art scene, this Bangkok-based Brazilian uses his awareness of different cultural conflicts, tribal and tattoo motifs, unorthodox spray paint techniques, and various artistic mediums to express his style. His paintings are overwhelmingly spray painted, and the tones full of vibrancy. He is quick at using tropical colors to give the background a strong visual impact. The feeling is natural and straightforward. Although he comes from a multi cultural background and owes his style to many diverse cultures, also hard to miss in his work is a strong sense of identity and belonging.
He refers to his art as part of the ‘Quilombo’ movement, which looks to the indigenous cultures of the Americas, Africa and Asia. He intent is to help renew the spirit of lost tribal identity and to reinvigorate their culture. The intent of this movement, as he sees it, is to evolve and save the culture, art and beauty that has disappeared or become lost in the fog of globalisation.
The basis for this style comes from a Brazilian philosophy and art movement referred to as “cultural cannibalism”. This entails artists devouring and absorbing, rather than imitating, foreign ideas and modern influences, in pursuit of an original Brazilian style. He lists his influences as Brasilian Tropicalia, Afrobeat, Kehinde Wiley and urban street culture. Quilombo, in its call for us to be appreciative of our cultural roots, allows him to mix all of them.
Based in Bangkok, Nobre is currently also drawing inspiration from the artists he finds himself shaking aerosol cans with. The results of this cultural exchange will be exhibited at recently opened café-bar-gallery JAM from November 10th. The opening night bash on November 10th will pair displays of art by him and collaborators with a film premiere and party.
Find his work at:
JAM 41 Charoenrat Soi 1, Sathorn | 02-673-9009 | BTS Surasak (exit 2) | Facebook:jamcafebkk | Tue-Sun 12pm – 11:45pm | (Nov 10 – Jan 10)
V64 Art Studio Studio D1, 143/19 Changwattana Soi 1Yaek 6 | 02-973-2681 | v64artstudio.com | daily 9am-6pm