London Camden Town 2020 Photo by Luviama
Decolife is the signature/tag of a painter based in London, born in Brazil in 1990, Andre Ruiz de Freitas has been making art since he was very young, painting on little stones and pieces of wood found on the streets which he would then give away to his family and friends.
He first used drawing as a way to keep a personal diary, drawing objects and scenes of his daily life. Andre started experimenting with graffiti aged 13 when hanging out around the São Paulo skate parks with his friends, It is around this time that he started using the moniker decolife when painting in several cities across Brazil as he took part in street art events around the country.
Upon moving to Europe, he travelled across several countries, painting and often exchanging his drawings for food, accomodation and transport. Inspired by the world and the people around him, his art is replete with cultural references and mythological stories, many taken from his own Brazilian culture and upbringing as well as his experiences on the road.
Now decolife’s colourful murals have been a regular fixture on the streets of Camden Town, South and East London, getting both public and critical acclaim. Over the last few years, he has built a strong body of work, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and mosaics, taking place in art fairs, group and solo exhibitions at art galleries in São Paulo, Istanbul and London.
“I consider all my artworks to be Realism they are real, they are my reality, they are where I live, they are who I am, I am real”.
A painter should bother copying a photo to satisfy the majority, I appreciate a hand painted technique in this digital world we live in, but I don’t agree with copying reality, copying the reflection of light on stuff is a reproduction to me, not a creation. Artists have to create!”.
“We all know that art can change people, and people can change anything else, we all want a change”.
“I try not to do a replica of Marc Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso, Braque, Basquiat, Fernand Leger, Pollock, Juan Miro, Arshile Gorky, Munch, Dante Alighieri, Calder, Aleister Crowley, de Kooning, Gaudi, Cezanne, Rothko and many more, it is very hard not to copy them, most of time they were not copying anything they were just creating, like Gods.”
"Bah Yeet" Acrylic on canvas 152x102cm decolife