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Brazilian Artist Paints Using Cannabis Smoke

Throughout history, artists have been known to use marijuana for creative inspiration. There’s no need to delve into the gigantic list of writers, painters and other creatives who’ve used substances like cannabis, mushrooms, LSD, opium, tobacco, alcohol, etc., to access new forms of information, and often these uses are in combination. For some, these altered states permit the mind to explore fresh connections between and within ideas, as well as instill a sense of flow between mind and body.
Brazilian Artist Paints Using Cannabis Smoke

July 15, 2015

Taking this idea to new heights is Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque, who literally paints with his cannabis smoke. He steadily exhales onto a stencil to form an image on paper, which creates natural-toned images of controversial political and cultural figures. Not only is the method unique and hip to global cannabis trends, it’s also a very strong artistic statement.

“More important than freedom to smoke marijuana is the freedom to think about it and make art with it. Polemic issues divide opinions, forcing people to think and debate,” he says. To keep the debate alive, de la Rocque’s figures run the cultural gamut, like California's ex-Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger or the philosopher Aleister Crowley. Check out more of his work below, stay tuned for more on creativity and cannabis in our Plant x Art series.

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