Cranio’s Impish Indians in São Paulo

Like Mundano’s characters, Cranio’s impish — mostly blue — Indians seem to surface unexpectedly throughout São Paulo. Here are a few we encountered:

w/Ethos, photo by Sara Mozeson, August 2010
photo by Lois Stavsky, July 2011
photo by Sara Mozeson, July 2011
photo by Lois Stavsky, July 2011

Mundano’s quasi-monstrous creatures surface throughout São Paulo & more

Often exuding a playful social consciousness, Mundano’s delightful quasi-monsters surface randomly throughout the city. I discovered them in quite a few unlikely places. Here are a few:

“Sao Paulo is an ashtray.”

The following fun video that Mundano shared with me showcases a social action project that he initiated in which 130 artists —  80% of whom do graffiti, streetart or pixação on the streets of  São Paulo — created original houses to raise money to provide temporary housing for the needy:

A Cast of Characters from the Streets of São Paulo

Ranging from the playful to the mournful, the cast of characters gracing the walls of  São Paulo always intrigues. Here’s a sampling:

Onesto, photo by Lois Stavsky
Ricardo AKN, photo by Lois Stavsky
Ethos, photo by Sara Mozeson
Sinhá, photo by Lois Stavsky
Nove, photo by Lois Stavsky
Magrella, photo by Lois Stavsky

Vila Madalena’s Beco do Batman (Batman’s Alley): An Open-Air Gallery

Located in the Vila Madalena district of São Paulo, Beco do Batman is a narrow alleyway that’s evolved into an open-air gallery. I discovered it last summer on my first visit to Sao Paulo. When I returned earlier this month, I revisited some of my favorite pieces, but many new ones had surfaced. Here’s a sampling:

Photos by Sara Mozeson; artwork by various artists to be identified

A Visit to São Paulo’s Choque Cultural

São Paulo’s Choque Cultural represents some of my favorite artists — whose work I don’t get to see often enough. Among them are Titi Freak and Daniel Melim.  Here are some Titi Freak pieces I discovered on my recent visit to their space in Pinheiros:

Titi Freak @ Choque Cultural, photo by Lois Stavsky
Titi Freak @ Choque Cultural, photo by Lois Stavsky
Titi Freak @ Choque Cultural, photo by Lois Stavsky
Early Titi Freak @ Choque Cultural. photo by Lois Stavsky

Although I had to return to NYC before the opening of Daniel Melim’s solo exhibit, I did get to see some of his earlier pieces:

Daniel Melim @ Choque Cultural, photo by Lois Stavsky
Daniel Melim @ Choque Cultural, photo by Lois Stavsky
Daniel Melim @ Choque Cultural, photo by Sara Mozeson

An exhibit of Daniel Melim’s newest body of work opens this afternoon and continues through August 26 :






Os Gêmeos in São Paulo

Os Gêmeos’s bombs, pieces and characters seem to be just about everywhere in their native city. Here are a few of their characters:

Photos by Lois Stavsky

São Paulo’s Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (MuBE) Presents GRAFFITI FINE ART

In the upscale São Paulo district of Jardim Europa, perhaps the only São Paulo neighborhood whose walls are graffiti-free, the Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (MuBE) is presenting GRAFFITI FINE ART, an exhibit featuring the work of 20 street artists.  Thanks to a tip from MUNDANO, we stopped by a few hours before the exhibit officially opened last night and liked what we saw.  Curated by Binho Ribeiro, it continues through July 24th at Av. Europa, 218 in SP. 

Vito, photo by Lois Stavsky
Nadu, photo by Lois Stavsky
Opni, photo by Sara Mozeson
Binho, photo by Lois Stavsky

 And we discovered the following mural outside MuBE. I later found out that it was created for the 1st International Biennial of Graffiti Fine Art that was held at MuBE in 2010. I took this shot from street level: 

Faith47, Can2 and Ment1, photo by Lois Stavsky