"I was born in São Paulo and I can't have enough of this city. I walk the streets scrutinizing its disorganized architecture, its strange monuments of concrete, the graffiti and the posters on the walls. I'm specially fond of the old architecture lost in between buildings and avenues, and of the people, the youth, the elderly, the homeless... All those images are the material I use to create my drawings.
Most recently my biggest interest is the renaissance of the urban space. My wish is for art to become closer to everyday life, to be more accessible —not limited to the galleries and museums— and to be presented in alternative spaces that haven't been used. Art should help us reflect and be critical of how we live."
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
Urban Sketchers is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Consider making a donation today to help us continue to 'Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.' All donations in the United States are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
7. We share our drawings online.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
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