With a career spanning back to 1993, when he as a fifteen-year-old made his first public graffiti painting on the walls of a fraternity in his hometown Lund in the south of Sweden, the name Finsta has long been well-known within the graffiti community. In the last decade, as public acceptance for the artform has increased, his eye-catching, often humorous, artworks have caught the attention of a wider audience with commercial commissions and international exhibitions as a result. Even though he’s mostly known for his work with spray cans, every project begins with a graphite pen and piece of paper.
– Everything starts as a sketch. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember and that has informed my expression. When other graffiti artists did letters and tags, I’ve always done characters. It helped me develop my unique style at an early age, and today I benefit from that. Like any brand, you want to be easily recognizable, Finsta says.