Sergio Odeith is a Portuguese painter and muralist currently based in Lisbon. He is mostly known for his incredible 3D graffiti, which even though are two-dimensional murals; actually look like 3D sculptures.
THE GOLDEN SCOPE TO SERGIO
Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am 38 years old and I live in the suburbs of Lisbon. I left school at the age of 15 and never went to art school.
At what moment did you realise you wanted to be fully involved in the art industry?
I have been painting for 20 years, and made tattoos for 12—I stopped three years ago. As I was getting more and more addicted to painting, I decided to leave the art of making tattoos to paint full-time.
What were your first memories of graffiti/murals?
My first memories of murals are on railways. I used to go there every weekend with friends (and beers), and spray paint on walls to make graffiti. I started to paint large murals in ‘97.
Where do you get inspiration for your work?
Normally I get inspiration from the places I go paint. I usually work in abandoned places, like factories or poor neighbourhood.
Are there any routines you have while working? (Ex. Some artists listen to music…)
Yes I do. I normally listen to music and I always love to have with me a bit of alcohol to warm up the blood!
Could you tell us a bit about the “Sombre 3D” technique?
The Sombre 3D is something that I started in 2005. I began to pain a simple letter going from the wall down to the floor. In the past 10 years I have been trying to make it even more complex. I will keep the technical steps of the Sombre 3D a secrets.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I think the idea of “never quitting”. I’m from a poor neighborhood and although I never had art lessons, I’m living for art, which I think it’s beautiful.
What is your favourite piece of work that you have created and why?
I think right now is the alligator piece—this article’s cover photo—because I had all the materials so that piece come out really good.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for our readers?
I can’t say too much, just don’t give up on your ideas and/or dreams even and especially if someone says you are crazy!
(Photos by Sergio Odeith)