Os Gêmeos (The Twins) are brothers Otávio and Gustavo Pandolfo. Based in São Paulo, Brazil, the pair have been painting graffiti since 1987, and their work has been a main influence on street art in Brazil.
Their subjects range from family portraits, to social and political commentary, and Brazilian folklore. As well, their work often features yellow-skinned characters; “When we dream, everything we dream has yellow tones’, Gustavo Pandolfo explains. ‘This is something of ours, myself and my brother. We use it in our painting. We can’t use another colour. We have to use yellow.”
Aside from walls, Os Gêmeos also paint canvases, make sculptures, and are both graphic designers and photographers. Their work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cuba, Europe as well as numerous exhibitions in Sao Paulo and Latin America.
The brothers’ current exhibition Pra quem mora lá, o céu é lá, (For those who live there, the sky is there’) at The Berardo Museum in Lisbon runs through September 19, 2010.
To see more of Os Gêmeos, OsGemeos.com.br.