Zezão detained for painting in Brazil

Zezão, one of my favorite Brazilian street artists and one of the artists who I think best embodies the ethos of street art, was detained on Tuesday by police for painting in São Paulo. He was painting a spot that he has painted multiple times before, but he did not have permission. There isn’t much info about what happened so far, but this news article has some info. Also, Lost Art seems to be the most reliable source of news on the detainment with updates on their Twitter. According to Lost Art, Zezão “was detained while painting in a crack infested area.” Lost Art also says that “he was charged with vandalism & may face legal costs.”

Let’s hope that the police get their heads on straight and realize what a mistake they have made. Zezão not a criminal but an artist trying to brighten up the world and draw attention to the things that many of us in society would rather avoid thinking about.

Photo by Jullezs

Brazilian artists and Panik ATG at Pure Evil Gallery

Sort of killing two birds with one stone here.


Right now through October 30th, Pure Evil Gallery is showing Culture Shock, a show put together by the fine folks at Choque Cultural. Of particular note are the two large canvases by Zezão and that stunning Fefe Talavera and Doze Green collaboration on glass that has been in the gallery for quite a while (what can I say? I guess I’m a sucker for anything from Doze in black and white). That said, all those pieces are downstairs in the gallery and there are a few pieces upstairs by Presto, so it may be best to just run downstairs and enjoy that part of the show.

And November 11th at Pure Evil Gallery is the opening Panik’s latest solo show.

Zezao In Action

Check out this classic video of Brazilian street artist Zezao creating a very intricate piece inside what appears to be an abandoned building. Zezao is best known for hitting up his symbolic like tags in some of the most unusual of places – infamously this includes the sewer systems in Brazil. It’s a shame that Zezao opts to smash down the wall right after having finished the piece, but I’m guessing that all part of it?!

Busy Brazilians

Lots of amazing pieces have been hitting the streets of one of my favorite countries recently by some of my favorite artists. Check out these pics of work by Zezão (above), osgêmeos, Titi Freak and Emol.

Can’t wait to see this finished!

Loving Titi Freak’s evolving style – he’s pushing himself in a good direction.

Emol’s new work is awesome, so I’m posting two photos for him.

Thanks to Zezão, Titi, Emol and @felix001 for the images.

– Elisa

The Art Street Journal Issue 6 – January

The first issue of The Art Street Journal 2010 is out! Inside, amongst other things, you’ll find reviews on some of the best shows from December (like Grifters at Lazarides) and previews of some of the ones we’re most excited about in January (like A Cry For Help at Thinkspace). There are a lot of interviews in this issue, too – Martha Cooper, Mark Jenkins (who’s showing here at Carmichael Gallery with Aakash Nihalani in January) Stephan Doitschinoff and Zezao.

This month’s Unurth page is very cool (I love that this page enables us to fit so many different artists into the paper – it really is hard to include everything you want to cover in sixteen pages and Sebastian does a fantastic job of highlighting the best on the street), plus we’ve finally started the tasj bookshelf page. Each month, this page will feature a selection of the best publications out there (RJ’s The Thousands: Painting Outside, Breaking In makes it in first time, of course, as does Issue 10 of Very Nearly Almost).

As always, tasj is free and we’ll deliver it anywhere in the world. You can get it here.

– Elisa