Born in 1976 in Damaia, Portugal, Odeith started drawing since early childhood. He began working with spray cans in the mid 1980s, sketching graffitis on street walls and train tracks. From then on his passion for drawing had a newly found purpose and he started painting large scale murals in numerous places, including Damaia and many social housing neighborhoods, such as Cova da Moura, 6 de Maio and Santa Filomena. Continuously gaining international recognition for his groundbreaking incursions in the anamorphic art field, he decided to close his tattoo studio in 2008 and moved to London. Painting became his main profession, having worked for major national and international enterprises such as the London Shell, Kingsmill, the Coca-Cola Company, Estradas de Portugal, Samsung, Sport Lisboa e Benfica (football club) and several Portuguese city halls such as as Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, amongst others. For more of Odeith’s works visit his website www.odeith.com. Also see Truly Design and Kurt Wenner to view similar posts.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I try not to be influenced by my surroundings.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
There isn’t anyone particular, I’m where I am now because I wanted to be recognized by the work I do.
What made you want to become an artist?
I don’t believe you can choose to become an artist, you’re chosen or born that way. I’ve been drawing and scetching since a child, it’s what I do.
What was your favourite project and why?
The alligator piece in Baton Rouge, USA and the boy with the birds in Setubal, Portugal. Both were pieces which worked perfectly on the space.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
To become recognized. Because of the number of artists these days it’s difficult.
How do you define creativity?
It’s like a state of mind. Depending what you see and what you feel you create something related to that.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Don’t quit and believe in yourself.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I have more knowledge on how to create 3D art.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion of art?
No. Even if I would win a lot of money from the lottery, I would still be doing my art.