Ruído is a creative project joining Portuguese artists Draw (Frederico Soares Campos, 1988) and Contra (Rodrigo Guinea Gonçalves, 1984), who both have backgrounds deeply marked by graffiti and urban art. It emerges after a ten-year artistic collaboration, embodied by a symbiotic dialogue between the individual language of each element, producing large- and small-scale pieces in a unique and immediately recognizable style.
A collective work that interweaves Draw’s monochromatic, figurative and profoundly human universe, with Contra’s colourful, abstract, geometric and textural approach, leading to compositions that cement a strong impact on their space and environment, while also creating multifaceted connections with the viewer. As a project, Ruído represents the culmination of this relationship, this balance between the organic human form and an abstract and textual intervention, which not only uses space as inspiration, but has its transformation as an objective, creating a constructive interference with its surroundings by altering the perception of those who inhabit it.
Ruído’s body of work is rooted in two structural components that interlock and complement each other. On the one hand, a preoccupation with focussing on the specificities of the human condition: the relationship between corporeality and physical space, human behaviour, both collective and individual, the emotional and existential universe and the relevance of interpreting the body when interlaced with an abstract context. On the other, it incorporates the desire to create a direct relationship with the public, of provoking reactions and a questioning of the impact of the relationship between human beings and space, and human interference on space.