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 ...
Last couple of weeks I was invited to get part in this really beautiful project, created by the street artist, Mundano, who describes himself as a ARTivist. He created a project called Pimp My Carroça, inspired by MTV’s Pimp My Ride, for which he paints designs with a message on street collectors’ wooden carts to raise funds for them and get more recognition for the incredible recycling work they do.
Thanks to Mel Duarte and her support and to Zé Carlos and his familly who let me paint their cart! It was a special day!
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 ...
I was enjoying so much Brazilian carnival that I was almost forgetting how much I love to paint in the streets! This is a very abandoned neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, all the friends that I made today was homeless people, invisible for many.. Sidney spent the day with me helping and being nice. I intend to come back there and make more drawings!
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!"
sometimes things happens in a way that makes you see life differently. Spreading birds for me is like sharing good vibes and positive feellings... And understand that the place that where it comes from is inside of each one of us. This painting is about it and dedicated to Dennis. Rebirth.
Abandoned place . Barcelona August 2010
The display project invites every year 6 artists to come to Tarragona and paint 5 little murals at the streets. It was a really nice experience, nice people, beautiful beaches, good food and much more! Thanks Blai Mesa for the invitation, Esther, Divina y Teresa for the support >> and the local tv made an interview with me, you can check it out here