“Rubbish is the only legal place you can make art on the street. There was a law in 2006 in Barcelona which outlawed painting on the street, suddenly all of the freedom was eliminated – all the best artists from Barcelona left. I couldn’t paint on the floor, on the walls, anywhere, but I had a need to express myself, so where? Well, I started painting on rubbish, on a chair, on a mattress, little by little, I made little discoveries.”
Since then Francisco has generated a cult following after trawling the streets of London’s Brick Lane painting his devious creatures on mounds of bin bags, discarded mattresses and broken chairs. And whilst his creations will be swept away by the street cleaners the following morning, they serve as a timely reminder that everything has the potential to be a canvas for creativity. Yes, even your old sofa.