We had the good fortune of connecting with Boa Mistura and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Boa, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
We chose to be artists because we love to modify reality in surprising ways. We usually translate local identities into pieces that communicate straight with the inhabitants as they are located in the public space. Through these pieces, we would like to show the people what daily life is with a pair of new eyes to wake our critical thinking up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We believe in Art as a perfect way to transform people’s daily life. We intend to modify urban landscapes to stimulate emotions. In 2011 we realized that community collaboration could increase the impact that the project could have on the neighborhood’s inhabitants, so we started engaging volunteers in the concept design and the painting process. Our signature works are based on big color fields, sometimes involving typography, words, or geometry. We try to enhance identities or portray a certain reality that we usually hear from the neighbors’ stories. It’s been a difficult path, though. Lot’s of hours invested, hundreds of days per year abroad, far from home. But it is totally worth it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are not from San Diego, but we definitely would love to visit sometime and expect that some of the magazine’s amazing contributors could show us the city’s best spots!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As participatory artists, we’d like to shout out to all the people around the globe who dedicated time and effort to paint with us, contributing to change their communities.