This was one week of hard work but it definitely paid back. We were 6 friends (Rafo, Rafa Uzai, Bives, Mdga, Nicolau and me) painting in a very peculiar area of Rio. When you think of Rio de Janeiro, the image that pops up in your mind is Ipanema, copacabana, samba... But this is a really small area of the city. The rest of it, is full of this degraded areas... Poor neighborhoods that has nothing to do with Rio´s stereotype of magical city. It´s the kind of place that I like to paint... where I feel that we did ...
Tom Zé has always being one of my favourites Brazilian composers.. I spent half of my life listening to his songs. He was one of the founders of the tropicalia movement, with Caetano Veloso, Torquato Neto, Gilberto Gil, etc.. A couple of months ago, I received this surprising call from a friend that is a art director, Richard Vignais, saying:"Hey Villas, how would you like to make an art for the cover of Tom Zé´s new album?"
You can imagine how stoned I got.. The project worked out pretty smooth, Tom Zé loved the painting I did and that was probably ...
[caption id="attachment_1057" align="aligncenter" width="482"] "trabalho para o amor" - Vovó Cambinda (Rio de Janeiro)[/caption]
Rio de Janeiro has a lot of those informal propaganda painted banners... I decided to make them more fun!
This´s a big mural in a super conflictive area here in Rio de Janeiro.
This area is quite dangerous, while I was painting there I saw cars being stolen, shootings between police and drug dealers, crack addicts stealing people...
Super tense atmosphere... But this neighbourhood has a lot of good people living there as well, with their childrens... So I decided to paint a child´s dream.. playing and being happy.
The words that I wrote are from a Brazilian poet (Mario Quintana) and makes a wordplay that translated, it´s not that much fun... but it´s something like "The will ...
Grande Honra ter sido convidado para pintar esse pequeno mural no Instituto dos Pretos Novos. Lugar incrível e parte da nossa estória (esquecida e vergonhosa). Um cemitério de escravos que chegavam à cidade já debilitados de saúde pela viagem em navio e morriam antes mesmo de serem comprados. Eram jogados todos juntos numa mesma vala coletiva, sem respeito às tradições das religiões africanas que consideram o sepultamento uma premissa para uma continuação da vida em outro plano junto aos seus antepassados. Enfim, o memorial foi inaugurado essa semana e está lindo..! ...
It´s been a while since I started to make characters made of wood and spread it around, like my birds... This time I wanted to make something fun at my street here in Rio de Janeiro... and interact with the people I hang each single day when I go to work or to the beach... They are all crazy about soccer and they are all day long teasing each other about who´s going to win Brazilian championship...Well, this is my way to say: -" It´s nice to be around again!"
Rodrigo Villas Solo Exhibition at Cosmo Gallery, Barcelona. From October 16h until November 12h.
Opening night October 16h, 20hs @ Cosmo Gallery - Calle Enric Granados, 3 Barcelona
opening night party - samba included