Herbert Baglione in Mexico City

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I have a lot of difficulty on painting in the streets for no reason. I end up creating thousands of barriers that prevent me from doing something just for the pleasure. But, since my last trip to Europe I have noticed the power that the streets have, and I’ve forgotten. The communication with the people in the neighborhoods is a very valuable thing.

After one month there, I’ve stayed a few days in São Paulo, breathed my daily carbon monoxide and traveled to Mexico so that I could give death a kiss.

You know that feeling when sometimes you need to be in another place to see where you came from and what made you happy? It was that kind of feeling I had in Oaxaca. I can try to describe it saying that I died and there they gave me a new opportunity to reborn.

At the party of the Dia de Los Muertos I felt all the passages of the soul. In the color and simplicity of the people’s houses I saw similarities with the Brazil I like.

I’m far from being mystical, but I feel that in many places I’m not there by chance.

Strangely, the stone streets, the wind and the lights reminded me of the places that I consider the best to paint in São Paulo. Parque São Lucas, Vila Ema, Vila Prudente, Ipiranga and Mooca (neighborhoods in São Paulo) are the places that I miss and every time I go there, my heart beats differently.

I remembered some paintings I did with Boleta and Vitché, our wanderings and endless conversations.

It’s different when you are invited to paint with another artist that you don’t have the intimacy, and your work flows so naturally that scares. So it was with Lakra.

The first thing I admire about someone, regardless of their art, is their simplicity in life in general. I identified immediately with him and this was a safe step for our work. In fact, in this kind of experience, the least important thing is the result. The process is priceless. The people who passed by, the conversations during painting, a child dressed as Spiderman seeing everything with curiosity, filming and photographing friends. All those things show that it meant something else other than what was recorded on the wall. —Herbert Baglione

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Dr. Lakra and Herbert Baglione get down in Oaxaca

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We are extremely excited about the collaboration of two of our favorite contemporary artists, Mexico’s Dr. Lakra and Brazil’s Herbert Baglione The two, just in time of the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico, painted this beautiful mural on the streets of Etla. This is just Day 1, and we can’t wait to show you the full mural in the coming days…

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Herbert Baglione

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One of our favorite artists, and friend, Herbert Baglione, just updated and opened a new website, featuring a bunch of works that previously were hard to find from the past 3 years. As you may already know, Herbert is a Brazilian artist based in Sao Paulo, who has had his Visa revoked from traveling within the United States after a mistake at Houston’s airport in late 2007. Because we haven’t seen Herbert since his solo show at Lazarides Gallery in London in 2008, we wanted to make sure we see his art. His bodies of work continue to be some of the most thought-provoking, introspective creations we have see each year. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report.

http://www.herbertbaglione.com.br/

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