I'M IN MIAMI BITCH! PIA Q&A
AK: What do you write? Are you in a crew?
PIA: I started writing PIA my nickname and REZA. Nowadays I do not write my name any more, I believe in a pictographic signature now.
AK: In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
PIA: I started painting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the city I was born. The graffiti reaches people without asking this, but surely influences the architecture and nature of Rio de Janeiro.
AK: Did you go to school or are you self taught?
PIA: Man, just trouble at school.
AK: How did you get started in the arts and why?
PIA: My mother says that the only things that would control me were paper and crayons. I'm still trying to find out exactly why?
AK: How long have you been working in the streets?
PIA: For 13 years.
AK: Who or What inspires you the most?
PIA: My crew FLESHBECK, architecture, skateboarding and family.
AK: What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
PIA: I do not care what they call it. But if what I'm doing is sincere, call it what you want.
AK: Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
PIA: I live for art, skateboarding and my family. I am an employee of art. Money is a result of a job well done.
AK: What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
PIA: It is not a goal, but a necessity.
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