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 ...
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..! ...
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
Last month I received an email from Stuart that runs Subism inviting me to get part in a beautiful project called Memories Subism that is an art book and all its profits are going to the Maggie´s carring cancer center. The book will tell 10 short stories about people who had to fight against cancer and I made this illustration for one of those stories. I´m glad to get involved, thanks Stu!