Finok: O Enterro do Galo (The Burial of the Rooster)
Created by 12ozProphet – Words: Spencer Knowles, Photography: Finok
Finok is no longer just a rising star in the art world, with his latest opening at the Underdog Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal titled O Enterro do Galo (The Burial of the Rooster) he’s firmly established.
Having done his thing and paid his dues in the streets of Brazil, Finok stepped into the gallery and proved himself more than just a writer and street artist. His work reflects a similar blend of folk art and street influence as fellow countrymen Os Gemeos, but finds plenty of ways to differentiate and innovate itself with a style all it’s own. It’s a style that is immediately recognizable as belonging to Finok, and can be found woven throughout both his graffiti and gallery works.
One unique piece of Finok’s style is his use of color, two to be specific. Finok works primarily with the colors red and green. Looking around this show, O Enterro do Galo (The Burial of the Rooster), which was recently hosted at the Underdog Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal, you pick up on Finok’s limited palette. It’s not a phase, like Picasso’s blue period, or a thinly veiled effort to promote a christian holiday, It’s just who he is. Red and green are his favorite colors, so why use anything else?
“Based on the expressive dimension of their visual representations, Finok explores here a universe of devotional and popular celebration practices of a syncretic quality, while also taking in the connections of origin and proximity between several elements of popular and traditional culture shared by Portugal and Brazil.”