urban art

Cacao Rocks /   Unknown

Greece 1985

Urban Art, Street Art, Performance Art, Video Art


Cacao Rocks
April 23, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Cacao Rocks, born in 1985, in Athens, is a Greece street artist who has developed his own distinctive and vibrant style of working. Raised by a French mother and a Greek father, Cacao Rocks grew up near the harbor of Piraeus.

First Prize in Graffiti Contest Held by Greenpeace

At the age of 12, Cacao Rocks moved to the island of Corfu where he spent his adolescence. Back in 1999, he was influenced by hip-hop and skateboard culture, as well as by the surroundings of the island, which led him to discover his passion and talent for art, so he started experimenting with graffiti. At the same time, Cacao Rocks participated in a graffiti contest, held by Greenpeace in Corfu, and won the first prize. From that moment until 2003, Cacao Rocks was devoted to the art of graffiti, creating numerous graffiti pieces and lettering by using spray cans.

Interrail Trip around Europe

In 2004 Cacao Rocks moved back to city where he was born, to study French Literature in the Philosophy School of Athens. Due to the fact he had to be dedicated to his studies, Cacao Rocks decided to take a break in the street art, and to construct sculptures made off polyurethane, wool, wood and found objects. An Interrail trip around Europe gave him the urge to carry on as an urban artist. Mostly inspired by the European scene, Cacao Rocks started doing street art again. Because of the lack of resources, his materials were quiet different than earlier. He used duck tapes and neglected objects found in the streets in order to form installations and sculptures.

Cacao Rock’s Video Art

A triggering event happened in 2009. A person very close to Cacao Rocks gave him a camera as a present, and that was the reason he started to experiment with video art. In 2011, one of Cacao Rocks’s projects won the first prize in the National Film Festival Shoot It, and Cacao was rewarded with a scholarship in Focus school of art, video and photography. Finding himself in a very productive period, artist started painting all over the city, using spray cans as a media. Cacao Rocks created a blog in which he publishes drawings everyday in order to make a whole year calendar.

Cacao Rocks – Deja Vu Fractal, Athens, 2013
Cacao Rocks – Deja Vu Fractal, Athens, 2013, photo credits – Cacao Rocks

Exhibitions at Benaki Museum and Onassis Art Foundation

Cacao Rocks has exhibited his work in galleries and museums in Anthens, including Benaki Museum and Onassis Art Foundation, as well as in the UK, and Italy, among others. He has participated in many street art and graffiti festivals in Greece and abroad.

Bettina pop-up, 2011- 50 years of Bettina store in Athens
“Bettina pop-up”, 2011. 50 years of Bettina store in Athens, Greece
50 Cacao Rocks Calendar Prints 2015
50 Cacao Rocks Calendar Prints

Additionaly, international media were closely interested in his work, including New York Times, Reuters, the Huffington Post, French TV chanel France 3 and German TV Das Erste.
Cacao Rocks lives and works in Athens, Greece.

YearName of the exhibitionGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017ParacosmBSMT SPACE gallery, Dalston, London, UKGroup
2015The Street Is My GalleryNational Hellenic Museum, Chicago, USAGroup
2015Art AthinaWidmer & Theodoridis contemporary, Athens, GreeceGroup
2015Street Art Is Here To StayAenaon Gallery, Athens, GreeceGroup
2015The expanded field art exhibitionAsylum Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UKGroup
2014Like NewBenaki Museum, Athens, GreeceGroup
2014Issalos GrammiPontoporos Gallery, Paros, GreeceGroup
2014Zadig, collaboration with ThisIsOpiumSarri 12 Gallery, Athens, GreeceSolo
2014No RespectOnassis Foundation SGT, Athens, GreeceGroup
2014Poster Bike Art ExhibitionRomantso, Athens, GreeceGroup
2014Mi Amor Por Ti Es MeravillosoAnti Heart, Monterrey, MexicoGroup
2013Stop And StareSarri 12 Gallery, Athens, GreeceGroup
2013Remap KM 4 Remap 4, Athens, GreeceGroup
2013Feta Yo5th International gallery, Wolverhampton, UKGroup
2013Bike Art Technopolis, Athens, GreeceGroup
2013In Wall We TrustParcheggio Comunale, Airola, ItalyGroup
2013TetrapolisArt S.A. Gallery, Kea, GreeceGroup
2013Perspectives on the Contemporary Greek SceneSaint-Gervais Theatre, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2013Art4MoreVrysaki, Athens, GreeceGroup
2013Urban LoversRomantso, Athens, GreeceGroup
2013Art AthinaStigma Lab Project Space, Athens, GreeceGroup
2012ZootropeContemporary Art Meeting Point, Athens, GreeceGroup
2012Trash ArtBios, Athens, GreeceGroup
2012Graphic Novels Are TrueK-ART Gallery, Athens, GreeceGroup
2012A4MBox Gallery, Salonica, GreeceGroup
2012ColoredFree Thinking Zone, Athens, GreeceGroup
20117ply ProjectTechnopolis, Athens, GreeceGroup
2010Energy AthensEuropean Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, Athens, GreeceGroup
2009DogMartArt House, Athens, GreeceGroup