Viber is a strong and genderless pseudonym, easy to identify and memorize in the midst of the urban context and its rush. Behind him is a self-taught black woman from the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, matured in Rio de Janeiro and with the dream of coloring the world with her characters; which invite us to reflect on impositions, desires, insecurities and acceptance. After all, like many others, this is the journey the Artist has been making since she started with her murals in 2002, when she was just a girl looking for adventures away from the safety of her home and the (dis) comfort of the slum where she was raised. .
Early career in Urban Art
Lídia Soares Costa was born in Belo Horizonte on November 10, 1986. As a child, they discovered her talent for drawing when, in addition to copying the cartoons on TV, she invented totally different scenarios for the characters to live new adventures. Viber, as Lídia called herself in 2005, began at the age of 15 to enter the world of graffiti, seeking in this form of expression an escape from the rigid creation at home and the vulnerability of young people within the favela.
Little by little his works gained the punishment of his parents, but also the approval of neighbors and the good criticism of his colleagues. To their surprise, those characters with sensitive expressions and executed with keen technique, unlike anything that had ever been produced on the city walls, were the creations of a girl. At that time, within this artistic language in Brazil, this was a revolutionary fact.
Currently Viber is a reference in Urban Art across the country. In Belo Horizonte, he taught drawing courses for juvenile offenders, was awarded by the Teachers Union of Minas Gerais for his multiplier work, has traveled all over Brazil participating in major art events such as the Graffiti Fine Art Biennial in the Ibirapuera Park of São Paulo, and given lectures at different institutions and companies talking about the challenges of those who seek to transcend from the vulnerability of minorities. In 2012 she started her course in Animation Cinema and Digital Arts at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, but shortly before finishing her career, she moved to Rio de Janeiro looking for greater opportunities in Fine Arts.
Characteristics of your work
Viber admires Caravaggio as a great master of painting in his day and at the same time has global influences of Street Art and Muralism. Today his work goes through a moment of transition from the walls to the canvases, from the streets to the gallery, from the interior of Brazil to the world. The first result of this exchange was the “(dis) Comfort” exhibition at UrbanArts in 2015, when the artist decided to expose in first person the sensations that were going through her creative process along with the challenge of choosing to live by and for Art, being a black woman. poor self-taught. Today his reflection goes deeper and into the first socialization, inviting us to think about power relations and how they condition life in society since childhood.
Both Lydia's personality and authorial work have already proven to be versatile enough to attract major brands like Nike, Red Bull, UFC and Pokerstars among others. Also Viber has been able to participate in important international events of Urban Art, but his next challenge is to be able to open the doors of galleries and collections so that artists like her have the possibility to transcend from spectators to protagonists.