Baitogogo, the latest from São Paulo, Brazil based artist Henrique Oliveira, exhibited recently at the palais de tokyo in Paris. See more photos of this incredible installation at henriqueoliveira.com.
Oliveira’s installations that he calls “tridimensionals” are huge constructions that combine sculpture, painting and architecture. Often supported by walls and using PVC tubing, he creates his installations by arranging countless pieces of painted flexible plywood that he finds mostly on the streets of São Paulo.
As a student, Oliveira was looking for new ways to bring texture to his paintings when he noticed the deterioration of a wood fence (tapumes in Portugese), on a construction site. The wood, open to weather and other elements, separated into multiple layers and colours that reminded him of the painting process and of brush strokes. Oliveira gathered the fence remains from the finished construction and used it to create his first installation.
Oliveira has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Brazil and the United States. He currently lives and works in São Paulo. To see more of Oliveira’s work, including his traditional paintings, visit HenriqueOliveira.com. There is also a great video on YouTube from the Rice Gallery where the artist explains his process.
The latest exhibition “Fermata” from world renowned Brazil based urban artists (and twin brothers) Otávio and Gustavo Pandolfo (aka Osgemeos). Fermata, showing at Museu Vale in Brazil, runs through February 12, 2012.
“Revealing uncommon possibilities and dealing with what is current and not distant, OSGEMEOS make us aware that we are part of something in common: the city and the construction of its subjectivity. They remind us of the importance of citizenship and collectivity in a colorful, magical world of dreams and fantasies – which is blended with reality, kindling desires and wishes, encouraging children, youths and adults alike to realize their dreams.” (from Museu Vale)
To see more from this exhibition, check out OsGemeos.com.br.
Currently based in New York, Brazilian urban artist Eder Muniz aka “Calangos de Rua” (Street Chameleon) started his career as an artist many years ago when, as a little boy, he was obsessed with drawing all over the walls of his house. He advanced to spray paint in high school and hit the street of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil as a pichador (tagger). His street art shifted when he began to develop his technique (he never went to art school and is completely self-taught) and his style began to incorporate human figures, animals and abstract and surreal images.
Muniz’s street name – Calangos de Rua represents the multiple genres that he incorporates in his own art – painting anything he gets his hands on – from walls to sneakers, tee-shirts to subways, living room walls to classrooms, glass and his latest canvas – rugs and mats. His style incorporates his indigenous Brazilian roots to produce colorful pieces that come alive through a mix of spray paint, water color, acrylic on paper, canvas and glass.
Horoiwa’s paintings depict “the spiritually lost and lonely. Through his work, he is able to cope with his want to hide from the world and his need to be a part of it.”
“What I´m trying to express is some kind of ‘invisible insistence,’ invisible forces that are around us, things that lead us to a blindness and a lack of comprehension. It makes us drown all of our intuition and instinct into the things that makes us feel comfortable enough to forget our own imperfections, anesthetizing our existence, our individuality as a being…the invisible insistence that devours our means to grow.”
The 21 year old artist has quickly gained recognition for his work around the world including Brazil, Australia, the Netherlands and California. In 2009, Horoiwa took part in R.U.A – Reflexo on Urban Art – Lines, Colours and Forms of Brazilian Urban Art – a street art exhibition in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
To see more of Dante Horoiwa, visit Horoiwa.com.
Gabriel Wickbold is a 25 year old photographer from São Paulo, Brazil. These colourful photographs are from his recent series called “Sexual Colours”.
Wickbold has worked in numerous artistic genres including poetry, music, and he studied television broadcasting. He has no formal education in photography, however Wickbold believes that “photographic technique is so basic that what truly makes the difference is feeling and composition.”
To see more of Wickbold’s work, visit GabrielWickbold.Carbonmade.com.