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Brazilian Graffiti Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo

July 25, 2011

Brazil is one of the places where graffiti still seems to be booming. Two brothers Otavio and Gustavo

work there under the name of ‘Os Gemeos’, which is Portuguese for ‘The Twins’.  They share a

personal and creative bond, equalled only by the relentlessness that fills each brother and spills over

to impel the other further.

They began painting at four and over the last 26 years they have been painting and making their

illustrative marks on the streets and are still among the most prolific and visible of Sao Paulos’ Painters,

with a fearless approach to working in blatently illegal spots and sometimes with risky subject matter.

Their work ranges from lyrical and touching portraits of their beloved family to the gut-wrenching

images of the local homeless, crippled and forgotten. Their sardonic political images of looters,

terrorists, criminals and politicians contrast with those they create from Brazilian folk-tales, literature

and their own personal world of fantasy and self created yellow characters.

Their work continues to challenge, redefine and show what is truly possible with paint in the streets,

regardless of whether the product is called graffiti, street-art, murals or just plain art itself !

Now days they are hailed as celebrities of the graffiti world and invited to countries to decorate walls,

whole buildings and even trains.

You can find some links to their blog here and an interview here.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Claire permalink
    July 26, 2011 8:08 am

    Totally cool (as the kids would say)

  2. ssarahlou permalink
    July 27, 2011 8:14 pm

    I love their work, saw it for the first time in a Graffiti book loaned from the library. It is the use of pattern on the characters clothing I really enjoy. It adds another dimension. Thank you….the book didn’t give a lot of info about the artists. X

    • July 28, 2011 10:25 am

      Yes I think the quality of their illustration and the textile / pattern element are what works best for me too.

  3. Feride permalink
    February 5, 2012 8:26 pm

    vouuuu super

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