Typoe - street artist

 

“I don’t like sitting in a cubicle. I don’t like being told what to do. It drives me crazy.”

Typoe
Typoe and Agustina Woodgate photo by Anthony Spinello
 

By Jose Ortiz | Photos by Anthony Spinello

Typoe
Street Artist and Gallerist
Age: “Not important”
Hometown: Miami
Websites: Primaryprojectsspace.com and primaryflight.com
 
Has 10 years of Art Basel in Miami made it easier or harder for you as an artist to get your work out there and your talents recognized?
Much easier. In one week the whole entire art world is in my neighborhood, so for me not to take advantage of that would be stupid.

What is your take on Miami as a place to hone one’s craft?
Miami is a great place. It’s where I pull all my inspiration from. That’s why my work is the way it is, because of my lifestyle in Miami, my interaction with the streets, with the girls here. Everything here is very specific so it makes me work in a certain way that if I were raised in Canada or California, I would be using totally different materials. My whole attitude towards my work would probably be totally different
 
Where do you draw inspiration from?
From my life, from my experiences, all of my work is really conceptual and it’s all about my life as a street artist. I use the gallery as a classroom and a format to show people what I’m about and what’s going on in my head. I’m usually very behind the scenes, so a lot of the crazy things I’ve done with my friends and the crazy life I’ve led, I let all of that out in the gallery, I guess you could say.
 
What mediums do you work in?
Plastic spray can tops, gunpowder, baseball bats, brass knuckles, cat skulls, guns, garbage bags. These are things lying around my house. I try and keep it as natural as possible.
 
How old were you when you started painting?
I’ve been doing art and graffiti since I can remember doing anything. I remember being six years old crawling around trying to scribble my name under tables, on walls in my parents house and they would always grab me and yell at me and ask me what the hell I was doing and I didn’t even know. I just had this urge to write my name on things for some reason. I had to get it out there. As if my parents didn’t already know my name. I’ve been doing it forever.
 
What motivated you?
I feel like what I do in my life, I was born to do it. It chose me as soon as I came out and understood, ok these are my hands, they are used for this and it kind of happened to me. I didn’t even have a choice.
 
If you could choose another profession or career, what would it be?
I was never really good at 9-to-5 [jobs], so if I wasn’t doing art, I’d probably be doing something very illegal. I dropped out of school. I’m not a robot. I don’t like sitting in a cubicle. I don’t like being told what to do. It drives me crazy.
 
Can you describe your style?
My style is fresh. I try to keep in mind the Miami style, which is like, keep it as fresh as possible. I use a lot of bright and shiny things that attract people, which is what Miami is. It’s very surface level and that is what’s important to people here. I comment on stuff like that a lot.

Who are some painters or artists that excite you?
Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Rosenberg (“One of my biggest inspirations”)
 
What do you do on Sundays?
Wake up, work out, work at the studio all day. Sometimes I forget to eat, I get tunnel vision and I just go, go. I enjoy working on my stuff more than anything. If I could just do that day and night for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest person alive.
 
Where do you like to eat?
I love cheeseburgers, so one of my favorites is Books and Books. Prime 112 is really good. Andiamo, too.
 
If you were hosting a fantasy dinner party, who are your four must-have guests?
Robert Rosenberg, Plato, Albert Einstein and Abe Lincoln

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