Kleberson Menezes, better known by Bugre, began his experience with graffiti in 1996 on the outskirts of east São Paulo. What first started on walls evolved into abstract letters and he soon found his voice through organic forms. After a bout with depression in 1999, graffiti became a healing path for Bugre. Through art, he was able to express his pain and detachment from the outside world. His work portrays everyday social and economical concerns. His trademarks are thorns and tridents — metaphors for protection and death. Though his themes may vary, his art always speaks about Brazilians overcoming adversity. After moving to the Paulista coastline, nature became Bugre’s motivation. The new environment inspired him to start painting hearts and blue skies as a way of thanking God for his life as an artist.