(CNN)A Brazilian artist is creating "Black Panther" posters to inspire some of Rio de Janeiro's most disadvantaged youth.
Brazilian artist aims to inspire neglected youth with 'Black Panther' posters
Renowned artist and designer Draco has created a street art style poster of Chadwick Boseman as the Marvel superhero and will donate 200 posters to kids in favelas, or slums.
He hopes to inspire the youth to express themselves through art, something Boseman was passionate about himself. While battling colon cancer, he continued to make films and visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee in 2018. Boseman died Friday at 43, but his strength and the heroic roles made an impact, particularly on people of color, which Draco understands.
"I was a big fan of Superman, a white dude with blue eyes. I had no idea how important Chad Boseman was in my life until he died. He was the hero I never had," he told CNN.
Draco grew up in a favela on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and worked for years to become an art director at a major advertising agency.
"I grew up in an environment where making a living out of art was something unthinkable, and we had no references of black artists who have succeeded. But I always loved drawing, and luckily I was able to pursue a career; however, I am the exception," he said.
He's selling 50 handmade illustrations. Proceeds will be used to produce 200 prints for kids in favelas. They will also receive a black and white version of the drawing which they can color in.
"My goal is that this poster reaches children that have no access to art, and no role models like Chad. He represented a point of fighting against the oppressive system we live in," Draco said.