Graffiti Brazil: Falge
Thiago Falgetano, was born in 1983 in Sao Paulo, "Falge" is known by the abbreviation of his last name since he was in high school. The love for art comes from when he was just a child drawing all over the walls and the furniture on his house. At school he was a problem because all he wanted to do was draw on the desks, walls, and even on the bathrooms.
This desire to draw all over the place was fulfilled in 1990 when Falge had his first contact with "pixacao" (tagging) and started to admire the work of other "pixadores" (taggers) and learn more about the culture. Along with that he made some friendships with older "pixadores" that had a huge influence on his works.
In 1995 he bought his first can of spray paint and called some friends to go tag, after that day it became and addiction that he followed daily for a long period. But it got to a point where he wanted something more complex instead of just tagging his name on the walls.
In 1997 one of his friends from school showed him a magazine specialized in graffiti. It was love at first sight, he was fascinated with the magazine he had on his hands because back then it wasn't a lot of graffitis on the city, and it was hard to find a book or a magazine about this theme. In that very moment he left the "pixacao" behind and started to study drawing until he was able to develop his first letters. On that same year he started doing his own graffitis and never stopped.
It's been over 13 years spreading his art all over the cities he has been during this time. He participated in events, projects, exposition in galleries, even worked doing art for some famous brands, and until this day he keeps the real essence of graffiti by painting on the streets where everything started.
Today Falge is most known by his orange "Throw-up", he started using the color orange in 2003, and the continue use of that same color ended up creating him a strong visual identity. He first picked this color because it's very vibrant, happy ,and most kids like it.