Russian artist Pokras Lampas blends together calligraphy and graffiti, creating stunning murals and installations which are a form of elevated street art. A member of the “Calligraffitti Ambassadors”, chosen by Niels “Shoe” Meulman who spearheaded the artistic movement in 2007, Lampas actively explores different directions of modern calligraphy by applying and combining his knowledge of street culture, design, and typography of different nations and generations.
Over the past years, Lampas took part in group exhibitions and art projects held in Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Korea, and the UAE. In 2015, he performed the first world’s largest calligraffiti on the roof of a building in Moscow – an artwork that can be seen from a satellite and on Google Earth.
“For me, Calligraffiti is a great way to create art non-stop,” he shared with the Fendi blog. “Now I can easily take a big bucket of paint and perform my art everywhere. On walls, on glass, on cars!”
“The Calligrafuturism is my self-developed style,” he went on to explain. “We’re all living in a multi-cultural world and if I can help people to learn more about foreign calligraphy, they’ll learn more about other countries. So that’s why Calligrafuturism is so important for me, I don’t want to make something new just because I’m crazy, I want to create it because I can see a very big knowledge and that’s why I’m doing it.”
He admits that he’s always hunting for the next best surface to work on. “Of course, I prefer something smooth, but it depends on the material and the tools,” he says. “So, if I could find something very nice to work on outside this earth, it would probably be the moon. That would be my favorite surface!”
Take a look at some of his out-of-this-world murals: