Really happy with this new video release made by my friends from Conspiração filmes, such a wicked team! Pedro Levier, Gabriel Ghidalevich, Nina Ferreira Marques, Mateus Habib, Luana Duque and Fabio Seixas. Thank you very very much for this wonderfull work...! one love!
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