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 ...
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
This is probably the smallest graffiti I ever made... In a small room of a abandoned building... My little character "Waiting for Spring"
Barcelona - 2010
I was painting the other day in a abandoned building that I found here in Barcelona and the place is so beautiful, full of stuff from an old factory, offices and everything really dirty...It’s a nice place and full of surprises!
One nice surprise was finding a really tiny room, full of leaves from an old tree that grew up into the window. I have been trying to paint bigger and bigger the last few months and ...