Interview with Cabaio

Cabaio's relationship with the street dates from his childhood in the then quiet Las Cañitas, linking with it in different ways to spend time. Since 2002, alongside Nicolas Monti (a coworker and neighbor of San Telmo) , saturated by excess of information in the public space within crisis here and there , they took over the streets as a place of action , taking the stencil as a tool and night as an ally , this reaction to that news hit was baptized Vomit Attack. By 2005, driven by this fellowship with the streets of Buenos Aires , Cabaio followed his path alone and broken, emphasizing even more his affinity with them. Today he spends his hours trying to learn, seeking for new techniques and tools to allocate in his various projects.


Hi Cabaio, today you selected 5 of your artworks inspired by music. Can you tell MoW how did music inspired them ? What was the music behind them ? What inspired you to create such pieces?

There are a lot of different musics behind these artworks, because I make trips with a mix of various genres of music. They were inspired by moments, sensations and thoughts that I experimented in different moments.

Why is music important to you and your art?

Music is very important for me, I´m always with music by my side and when I'm working, music must be present, it helps me to enter in a good climax. I think that music its too important in my life, so my work is always influenced by music. Also, I like sounds, noises, melodies and music give me that. It's a companion in all moments, I spend more time with music than with any other thing.

If you had to choose between the artworks presented today, which of your artwork would be your favorite ? And why ?

The one I like most is the one with a couple in a motocycle. I love that work because of the moment I painted it, I reaIly have very good memories of that day, I also like to see them escaping on that motocycle between a mess of colors.

Can you tell MoW more about the techniques you used. How old is your technique? How did it start? How long does it take you to make an artwork ?

I use mostly stencil technique, it´s a very very old technique, first stencils are dated from 10000 BC were human used their hands spraying animal blood as pigments, using hollow bones blowed by mouth, they were used in Japan a long time ago... I started with stencils in 2002, like a reaction to the excess of information I absorved in the streets at that moment.

The time it takes to make an artwork, it depends of the moment, but it could be some hours, or some weeks,usually street works are quicker, I try to finish them in a day.

Do you have plans on creating new artworks insipired by music ?

Music aways inspire me ,but I really dont know which will be my next artwork.

Do you listen to music when you’re working ? If so, what kind of music ?

I always listen music when I work, it could be some electronic sounds, chamame, trip-hop or good brazilian musicians.

What is the song you liked the most lately? What album ? What was the last gig you went to?

I love "9th inning" by Gonjasufi.

The last gig I went to was a long time ago, I saw Thievery Corporation and Masive Attack in Argentina.

Are you a musician yourself ? If so can you tell MoW more about your music projects ?

I love music but I am not musician, but with my companion Clara Domingas we are getting closer of exploring music territories.


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