Eduardo Kobra was born in 1975 and grew up in a poor neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now Kobra is one of the most popular street artists in the world — with works painted in 20 different countries across five continents. As a teenager he began working as a graffiti artist in the alleys of Sao Paulo. Over the years he developed his own style which involve colorful renditions of iconic historical figures.
The John Lennon mural was created during the 2017 Upfest in Bristol, England. Upfest is Europe’s largest street art festival. The annual event was started in 2008 in Bristol — the hometown of ‘guerrilla artist’ Banksy.
Eduardo Kobra Painted a Huge Mural for the 2016 Olympic Games
Kobra painted the largest mural in the world for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio — over 560 feet long (2,500 square meters). In 2017, he completed an even larger painting (5,742 square meters) — celebrating chocolate.
Kobra’s Big Kiss – Painted in 2012
One of Kobra’s most famous paintings is ‘The Kiss’ (below).
‘The Kiss’ reinterprets a photo taken by American photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995). The original photo was taken on August 13, 1945, when people took to the streets to celebrate the end of World War II.