André Saraiva
Interview
2020.02.20

What Does Culture Mean To Andre Saraiva?

André Saraiva

UT2020 magazine asks the common question to the artists who we collaborate with. What did an artist, Andre Saraiva answer to our question?

"Culture is delicious food for my brain."

At the age of 13, André Saraiva was already drawing graffiti around Paris, just as street art was beginning to take shape in the mid-1980s. He started with the moniker Krazy Kat, but later he set himself apart from other street artists by covering the city’s surfaces with a made-up character—Mr. A—instead of tagging them. “We were taking the risk of getting into trouble," he says of those days. “But it gave us this great freedom and language." On the subject of culture—which he says is the second most important thing in the world after love—Saraiva says: “Good art can make me feel nourished. It’s like delicious food for my brain."

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PROFILE

André Saraiva|Although primarily an artist, Saraiva is also a hotel and nightclub owner. "People like to put you in one category, but I like to do things that people don’t expect me to do," he says. "Whether I’m running a hotel or a nightclub, for me, I’m applying the same creativity as I do in art."