ORIGINS OF URBAN SURREALISM
Urban Surrealism or Street Surrealism, is a genre of art that fuses Graffiti inner city culture with the psychedelic nature of Surrealism. Influenced by the early 90's hip-hop movement, and the live art freestyles of Bob Ross on public television.
Its core belief is that is that all progression begins in the faculty of the imagination. Its goal is the expansion, if the work is not pressing against the paradigm, it's not art. If it's not stretching the imagination, it has failed to do its job.
Developed by Oliveira in the late 90's, it was a way for him to escape the four walls of an old three-family apartment in the South End of New Bedford, MA. Painting in a bright color palette to stay out of depression in the bleak winter months.