Raphael Sagarra ‐ Finok ‐ was born in 1985, the year that graffiti broke throughout the world. Over the past decade, Finok has established himself as one of the most prolific young names on the streets of the megacity that is the epicenter of South American graffiti culture. «My family moved to a set of buildings in the neighborhood of Cambuci," Finok explains. By the late 1990s, Cambuci had become the epicenter of South American graffiti.
He fills his large‐ scale canvases with many of the tropes that have come to exemplify São Paulo. These range from densely patterned backgrounds, folkloric characters, and touches from contemporary urban Brazilian life, like kite flying, fire balloons, and the graffiti genre endemic to São Paulo and other Brazilian cities.