What’s Up South Texas!: San Antonio man beautifies community with graffiti art

Nik Soupe has painted anything from edgy art, to murals of the Spurs basketball team

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man is hoping to inspire others to stay creative in life through his graffiti art throughout the city.

Nik Soupe, 47, has been painting all of his life.

“My mom said I started drawing on the wall when I was three and I never stopped,” Soupe said. “When I got serious, I was 12. This Hip-Hop movie just came out and growing up in the Valley, I thought seeing the graffiti in that movie, ‘That is what I am going to do.’ My real father painted cars and my stepfather was an educator. I wanted to be cool like my dad and wanted to paint. I also learned the process and procedures about art when my stepfather would take me to museums and give me books. I was real excited about it and I wanted to be a painter.”

Soupe said he started from simple works of art to massive murals overtime.

“I am trying to show that we can all be creative and for people not to just think of art as a painting on a wall or a song or dance,” Soupe said. “I try to show them passion. Anything you do with a little bit of passion is a work of art.”

Even being faced with criticism, Soupe continued to paint thousands of art pieces all over the country.

“Someone told me that they didn’t like my stuff and this was in the early 90s,” Soupe said. “I was like, ‘I am going to paint it bigger and put it everywhere!’ That is what graffiti is. ‘You are going to be forced to see it!’ And I didn’t stop,” he laughed.

Soupe has also dealt with his own struggles like with depression but art helps him cope with that struggle.

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