The Person Behind the Artist: Interview with Mau Mau ( @maumauart)

Mau Mau many thanks for this oppor­tun­ity to know more about you, here in The Per­son Behind the Artist.Many people came across your works in the streets of Lon­don, Bar­celona and even on the oth­er side of the globe, Jamaica; your McDon­alds clown inspired by the Olympics in Lon­don pro­voked a big controversy.

Q. Can you tell us why you star­ted doing street art?

I had seen the graf­fiti art in Amer­ica and loved it, always loved paint­ing from day one, then I real­ised I could paint my pic­tures big and in a short time.
I love to work out­doors. I like to reach as many people as I can with my work (not just people who vis­it gal­ler­ies). I think art is our cre­at­ive expres­sion sim­il­ar to music- and the streets have been taken over by images try­ing to sell us products- so I believe going out and paint­ing is a way of reclaim­ing the streets back.

Mau Mau art /Hip Hop Magazine


Q. What is the mes­sage you are try­ing to com­mu­nic­ate through your work?

A con­scious mes­sage. More fire on Babylon!

Mau Mau art /Hip Hop Magazine

Q. As an artist motiv­ated by socio-polit­ic­al issues what do you think about religion?

I love Jah and give thanks!
I think accept­ance of oth­er cul­tures and reli­gions is bet­ter than war, spir­itu­al­ity is a dif­fer­ent thing to reli­gion. Often reli­gion has been used as a tool for evil and oppression.

Mau Mau art /Hip Hop Magazine

Q. Do you have any favour­ite artists you recom­mend to us?

Yeah many!  Here’s a few..
Polit­ic­al com­ic illus­trat­ors — Steve Bell, and Ral­ph Steadman.
Street artists — Blu, and Bön and Alex Face who I painted with in Thailand.
Ndebele art of South­ern Africa, Ashanti art of West Africa.
Reg­gae artists Chronixx , Jesse Roy­al, Pro­to­je, Micah She­mai­ah and all the Jah Over Evil family.

For more images please vis­it Mau Mau web­site or Mau Mau Face­book Page

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Gata Malandra

Edit­or / Research­er at No Bounds
Gata is a music and arts lov­er, stud­ied anthro­po­logy, art man­age­ment and media pro­duc­tion ded­ic­at­ing most of her time to cre­at­ive pro­jects pro­duced by No Bounds.

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Gata is a music and arts lover, studied anthropology, art management and media production dedicating most of her time to creative projects produced by No Bounds.

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