November 11, 2014.
What do you write? Are you in a crew?
I sign Muro, it’s my surname, which by the way means "Wall" in Spanish. I’ve been A member of "WE ARE" and "ROYAL CREW" both of them split up a while ago, so right now I work on my own.
In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
I started painting in Bilbao, Spain, and in The Canary Islands in 2002. It´s a small place so I could say I somehow introduced street art in town with my first posters & stencils.
Did you go to school or are you self taught?
I studied graphic design in art school. Not actually art, that´s why my work seems to be a mix between design, lettering & illustration more than graffiti.
How did you get started in the arts and why?
By signing my name around town, same as everybody I suppose. In the beginning it was just kind of a game while I was working at an advertising agency as a graphic designer. As time passed it became a much more important part of my life until I made it my profession.
How long have you been working in the streets?
Been in the game since 2002 and hitting the streets professionally since 2005.
Who or what inspires you the most?
Everything around me is inspiring. Classic artists like Dalí, or contemporary mural artists like ARYZ, SAN, BLU… Graphic designers & lettering masters like Tony Dispigna, Herb Lubalin, Alex Trochut, Inocuo… Mucha´s Art Nouveau, Hanna & Barbera´s cartoons, the list could be endless.
What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
Everyone has their own point of view. For me basically graffiti is just the illegal action of painting in the streets.
Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
Yes, I work as a mural artist, illustrator and graphic designer. I have worked in many agencies. But, for me it is better to work on my own. So, I´m free to travel and take part in exhibitions like the one in Miami.
What are you working on now?
Just finished a mural, making a poster for a music group, a logotype for a friend…
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
I just paint for fun, I paint for me. Recognition, respect & professional success also motivate me.
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