THE WORK OF UINVERSO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brazil based collective duo Uinverso is a collaboration between Nadiuska and Priscila Furtado. The name is a play on the Portuguese words that mean ‘the inverse’ and ‘the universe’. The pair are multidisciplinary designers with experience in editorial and graphic design, and their main output is illustrations and ceramics.

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AFRO-BRAZILIAN FOLKLORE BY STEPHAN DOITSCHINOFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Street artist Stephan Doitschinoff aka Calma is an itinerant painter and muralist in Brazil. In his work, Doitschinoff expresses his interest in Afro-Brazilian folklore and religious traditions, primarily the blending of Christian and African ritual practices. He fills his delicate paintings with alchemic and pagan symbolism, Latin text, and pichação, the graffiti writing unique to São Paulo.

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CURRENCY COLLAGES BY RODRIGO TORRES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brazilian artist Rodrigo Torres creates intricate collages by combining bank notes collected from around the world. Torres’ delicate creations make full use of the rich colors that adorn different countries’ currency.

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To the artist, the mixing of currency from different countries as simple as mixing color palettes and textures, but the resulting art works can be read as a commentary on the mixing of cultures and economies, each united by the power of money.

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CULTURAL MURALS BY ALEXANDRE KETO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Influenced by the Hip Hop movement that had come to São Paulo, Alexandre Keto began to practice street art 10 years ago, but with a growing sense of social awareness, he realized that his art wasn’t reflective of his surroundings. He researched African art and found an innovative way to elevate it’s influence on Brazilian culture and to form genuine connections with others.

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As masterful as his work is now, Keto is constantly improving and evolving with each new mural. His body of work now stands at over 1,000 pieces in over 12 countries, the United States being the latest addition. From the streets of West Africa to immigrant communities in Europe, his work is truly for the people, with their own faces and histories reflected back to them.

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JAN KALAB AND VITCHE MURAL IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

by Ariadna Zierold

For a week at the end of October, a number of Latin America’s best street artists converged on Arouche Square in the heart of São Paulo for the O.bra Festival. They brought with them some giant ideas, represented in sleek, abstracted paintings that climbed high into the clouds.

The best of the art has already gone viral on the Internet, including the inter-dimensional folk art of Jan Kalab and Vitche.

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