Wall to Wall Project brings Alex Hornest aka Onesto to Hong Kong


Among the artists brought this past week by Converse‘s Wall to Wall project to Hong Kong is one of my favorites — Alex Hornest aka Onesto.  I’ve seen Alex’s playfully endearing characters in Sao Paulo, Brazil – where he is based – and in Bogota, Colombia. I’m thrilled that they’ve made their way onto a huge wall in Hong Kong during the 2013 Art Basel Festival!


Photos courtesy of Alex Hornest 

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

Alex Hornest at Galeria Thomas Cohn

This is a guest post by Elisa Carmichael. Elisa also writes for Slamxhype and works at The Carmichael Gallery.

You may know Brazilian artist Alex Hornest better as Onesto, the name he first used when painting on the streets with Os Gemeos and Vitche over a decade ago. Alex tends to use his real name in gallery shows these days, where he displays his amazing sculpture, canvas, and mixed media work. His next solo show opens in Sao Paulo on July 4th at Galeria Thomas Cohn. Judging by the flyer and what he’s done in the past, this is a show worth paying attention to.


While it’s tough to understand if you don’t speak Portuguese, the clip video below is definitely worth a watch to learn more about Alex. The interview is interspersed with clips of him painting a street piece as well as examples of other work around Sao Paulo.
Alex is also featured in this month’s issue of Juxtapoz.