Graffiti Movement Brazil

Anyone who has strolled a couple of blocks in Sao Paolo, has seen how graffiti has taken over the streets of Brazil.  Over the past decade, street art has flourished in the country and artists are using the walls as their public gallery. “Os Gemeos” or “the twins” in Portuguese, are two brothers that have become famous for their artistic innovation. Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo started decorating the streets in 1987. They were widely influenced by American Hip Hop and started to incorporate it in their art. Later on, however, the twins turned to their roots for their artistic expression. Their style began to bring out Brazilian culture and even comment on Brazilian politics. Os Gemeos have also been invited to place their work on public areas through a legal process. Their bright, yellow characters have been shown at trains, schools, and galleries.

Caleb Neelon is another artist that has exposed his work through the wonderful Brazil. Neelon is actually from Massachusetts, Boston, but the vivacity of Sao Paolo graffiti attracted him to its streets.  His art is characterized by its drastic colors and fantasy quality. Neelon has dedicated himself to murals and is also known as SONIK. He was introduced to street art when he visited Germany in 1990. Neelon was overwhelmed by the graffiti that adorned the wall of Berlin, and decided it was what he had to dedicate to.

Sao Paolo is also distinguished for its artist, Ricardo AKN. Born in 1979, and now a recognized illustrator, photographer, and painter, Ricardo’s work is everywhere. His color combination, geometric shapes and imaginary scenes create images that make any street come to life.

These are just a few of the artists that are roaming Brazil, spreading their art, and creating an artistically involved culture. Brazil has decided to take advantage of this movement and see its positive side. In March 2009, Graffiti in Rio de Janeiro was legalized. Likewise, there are streets all over the country where this way of art is entirely legal. Brazil is using graffiti as a mean to educate and communicate. Art is the best way to actually reach people. Furthermore, this art has also brought Brazilian culture together and defined it’s style. Clearly urban art is bringing benefits in South America and it is time to bring it to Ecuador. It is hard to find a wall in Quito that doesn’t have graffiti or that doesn’t show a hint that there was graffiti underneath. Artists use it to convey a poetic message or comment on Ecuadorian politics. It is time however, that we take this artistic expression to another level. If you ever pass by guapulo for example, and pay attention, you’ll notice that its walls are decorated not with graffiti but with a work of art. This street art conveys a message that will make anyone stop to ponder. Anyone that passes stops to ponder and this is the beauty of urban art. It is for everyone. This is why I invite you to participate in this undertaking and bring it to our country; because you’ll be surprised at how street art can move people.

Now I leave you with a few pieces of Ecuadorian street artists.

 By Vera (Quito, Ecuador)

By Striker (Quito, Ecuador)

By Mensa (Quito, Ecuador)

By Mensa (Quito, Ecuador)

3 Responses to “Graffiti Movement Brazil”

  1. julianazeller

    I love this post because it makes you see the different types of cultures that you can kind around the world. The distinct colours, shapes, and the creativity these artists have to leave marks in peoples creativity side. What impresses me the most is how its not a really fancy art in which you see in museums or big tourist spots, you see them all around the streets of brazil, like if it would be a normal day to day experience for people to see.
    By: Juliana Zeller

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  2. Juan Ignacio Pazmiño

    Very interesting article. It is an unusual topic, which many people don’t know about. Many people think that graffiti or street art is vandalism, but actually it is a type of art. Like painting on a canvass these artists paint on walls, and at times the topics they address are very powerful to move people since it is art for everyone. I think it was great how you brought it up, concluding that Quito needs more of this kind of art.

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  3. elbarriostaff

    It is a perfect article! I was impressed by the originality of the topic and your ability to portray the wonder behind street graffiti. Your post contains valuable cultural information about brazil and the impact it has in those that surround it. I was amazed by the fat that the government has realized its importance as well and decide it to legalize it. I hope Ecuador gets to do it someday as well. By: Cristina Zaldumbide

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