It’s practically unanimous the feeling and respect people have for Eduardo Kobra. His murals bring so much creativity and life, so I decided to compile and share with you all 19 murals painted by Kobra in New York City for you to visit them yourself!
Last year I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the Brazilian artist, Eduardo Kobra, better known as only Kobra. And, I decided to write about all 19 murals painted by Kobra in New York.
In addition, I was part of a small group that walked around New York City with him to learn, from his own words, what his murals are all about, the inspirations and stories! Priceless, for sure!
For years, Kobra has been a growing legend when the topic is: street art and graffiti.
In New York City alone he currently has 19 breathtaking murals, where in Brazil, he’s painted over 500! But, his work doesn’t stop there. He’s been traveling the four corners of the globe for years now and leaving his mark at every spot.
Amazingly, Kobra is self-taught and collects inspirations from big names like: Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring (1958-1990), Diego Rivera and the 1970’s group of New York street artists.
His recent project in New York, named Colors of Liberty, took place and was finalized by the end of 2018. The idea behind it was to portray and pay homage to great personalities that have and still are fighting against violence, with the goal of spreading peace.
Some of these names are: “the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929-1945), the Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (1997-), and the German scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), among other examples like Mother Teresa, Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Frida Kahlo, etc.
His style is certainly one of a kind. The geometrical colors of his murals are distinct and unmistakable, having become his trademark.
He’s painted in countries such as Spain, Italy, Norway, England, Malawi, India, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and several North American cities besides, of course, around Brazil.
Brazilians L-O-V-E New York and when they come across one of Kobra’s murals, the reaction is always the same: they feel SO proud and happy to have a Brazilian artist beautifying the streets of one of the most important cities on our planet. Well, I do think New York one of the most amazing places on Earth, if you read my story.
That said, I decided to compile and share with you all the current 19 art works around the city with all the names and addresses. This way, you can visit them yourself and be sure to take that Instagram-worthy shot to share with your friends!
Kobra’s Murals in New York City:
Here is the full of list:
- Liberty – 519 Broome Street
- The Braves of 9/11 – 780 3rd Avenue
- SoulPhia – 16 Clarkson Street
- War is Hell – 219 Bedford Avenue
- Black or White (Michael Jackson) – 180 1st Avenue
- Walk This Way Run-D.M.C. – Corner of 12th Street and 191 Avenue A
- Genial é Andar de Bike – 776 3rd Avenue
- Stop Wars – 391 West Street & Christopher Street
- Clube 27 – 36 Rivington Street
- Christ the Redeemer – 833 Dekalb Avenue
- Mount Rushmore – 10th Avenue and 22nd Street
- Ellis Immigrants – 16 Clarkson Street
- American Dreamers – 14 Watts Street
- Frida Kahlo – 360 Prospect Place
- We Love NY – 212 8th Avenue
- Tolerance (Madre Teresa & Mahatma Ghandi) – 130 10th Avenue, Manhattan
- Stop Guns – 231 Eldridge Street
- Roy Lichtenstein: Peace Through Liberty – 221 East 44th Street
In addition, you can also find an older work from Kobra located in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn of Warhol and Basquiat. It’s located at North 9th Street & Bedford Avenue.
Sadly, the very famous iconic kiss mural that could be seen from the High Line is now gone!
I have not been able to find the reason why, as many other people too, but it’s such a huge loss t to the city. So, now an ugly, sad grey paint covers it and no explanation was giving…
Lastly, Eduardo Kobra currently lives in São Paulo, with his wife, Andressa, baby boy, Pedro.
Picture: Kobra led a group we were invited to work on around New York. He explained the meaning of many of his murals to us through out the day. Such a priceless experience hearing about these murals from Kobra himself!
Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Kobra Studio
*Last Update on March/2020.*
Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!