Street Art is any visual art developed in Public Spaces. Found in streets all around the world, this art form is a direct communication between their creators and the public at large. Today, Street Art may be consider the most powerful, current, and valorized art movement in existence.
The strength and beauty of Street Art in Brazil, is caused by the pure representation, through vivid colors and strong lines, of the optimism and perseverance found in the Brazilian people.
The art work selected for the site of the Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts is a representation of all the above with an addition of a local flair. Three amazing and talented local artists were selected to share this experience with the Brazilian artists. Their collaboration will display the power and beauty of street art. The art is scheduled to stay up until construction on the center begins.
“Art has no boundaries. Art come in all shapes, forms and colors. Art represents the most powerful and pure dreams…”
All images © 2104, Kevin Carroll / A Digital Cure Photography for Eye On Annapolis.
About the Brazilian Artists
Working on the streets since 1984, he is one of the pioneers of Street Art in Brazil and Latin America. He gains respect where ever he goes. San Thiago, Buenos Aires, Nagoya, Tókyo, Osaka, Paris, Los Angeles, Quito, Lima, Turim, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Beijing, Amsterdan, Bruxels, Accra and almost all Brazilian states have witness his talent.
Fabio Luiz Santos Ribeiro aka Binho Ribeiro, developed a kind of expression that allow his creations to come to life.
His passions include the skate and business worlds. He is the owner of the brand and store “3 Mundo” ( Third World) and he mentors other street artists on their path for acknowledgment and stardom.
“Started the art of graffiti in 2002 and soon fell in love with the endless possibilities of interaction between the city and its people’s daily lives. Trademarks of her work include strong face expressions, body movements and characters’ costumes, all with the purpose of involving and establishing a connection with the spectator.
Her work is intense and causes conflicting feelings common to human nature such as love and jealousy, innocence and hatred, joy and anger. The scenery is pure fantasy, full of colors and patterns. Without a precise technique, she plays with light and shadows creating an inviting and almost 3D effect.
The personality and adherence of her work brought her respect among new and experienced graffiti artists. TIKKA’s art is pure and characterizes freedom. This freedom gives spectators the change to play with feelings such as innocence, evil, malice, sensuality, amusement, anguish, happiness, etc. What TIKKA puts on walls and canvases doesn’t reflect her as a person but her work which is free, fun and serious at the same time.
Her many accomplishments include projects for big brand names such as Ellus, Spezzato, Credicard, Marie Claire, Morumbi Shopping Mall, and Oxford. She also participated in many prestigious graffiti events for instance the ” 1st Bienal Internacional de Graffiti Fine Art”. Finally, her work was exhibited in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte (“1st Bienal Internacional de Graffiti”, Quina Gallery and Espaco Colmeia), Brasilia (Expo “Recycling Concepts and Ideas” and “The Art of Kayapo Women”), Los Angeles (Carmichael Gallery), London (Edgeart), and Paris (Expo “400ml”).”
” Wilson, better known as Gen Duarte, was born in Paraiba (extreme north Brazil) and moved to Sao Paulo when he was still a little boy. The city became the scenery of his artistic development which started in 1998. A self-taught painter and graffiti artist, his first contact with the graffiti world happened in the unhinged metropolis. His references were mostly the city walls, and some magazines circulating at the time. Part of the new graffiti network and possessing a very unique style, he creates beauty that is abstract and illustrative, always showing a predominant style. He uses creativity with the intention of bringing fantasy and imagination to his spectators. His characters are light and fun, with curves and details that harmonize with the physical space in question.
During his first years as a graffiti artist, his main focus was letters. Throughout the years he emerged and developed many different styles. In recent times, he’s worked on projects for big national brands such as Chilli Beans, 775 of Brazil, Ecomotion, Camaleon Bar, Army PR Agency, Abimad, Elma Chips, and Marche Stores among others.”
The artist Rodrigo Branco, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He spent most of his life in the Grajau neighborhood, on the extreme south of the capital. Considered as a cultural center,the area and the local artists had great influence on the development of his artistic point of view.
Rodrigo adresses a particular topic: people. He is inspired by looks and faces of his everyday life, memories of his time in Grajau and his researches and photographic documents. He gives characters no definition to its borderlines, strong colors and unusual faces. Powered by the expression of restless traces, strong and striking features, on walls, canvases or paper, his work challenges us.
Vermelho (red in english) is a demiurge, creator of fantastic dreamy worlds. He is a believer that beauty is everywhere, even in the most obscure places. His characters are enchanted, sensitive and delicate. The fight between good and evil can be found in most of his work and is represented in this dreamy like settings where he leaves to the spectator to figure out who the evil or the good are.!
A self taught artists, he develop his technic on the streets of the metropolitan Sao Paulo, where you can find many of his work since 1998. Today he is a well round artist, one of the most influential Street artist in Brazil, working as a Graffiti artist, illustrator, sculpture and cinematographic!
About the Local Artists
As a child, I made systems to organize and explain to myself the chaotic nature of the world. These systems were aligning my things in order and allowing an atlas to form to extinguish my existing obsessive compulsive disorder. This would be the catalyst to my aesthetics and view on minimal form and function. I work within a frame of mind that compels me to take an image and condense it to it’s simplest state, an object. Concept and expression are suppressed in many of my works to give the viewer an unadulterated experience. I implore the viewer to take a moment and leave their predispositions behind, a kind of cleansing as these works have done for me.
Jeff Huntington received an MFA in 1997 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in 1995 from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. His work has been included in more than eighty exhibitions nationally and internationally over the past 25 years. His paintings are in private and public collections throughout the world, including The Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois and in U.S. embassies in the Philippines and Panama. Reviews of his work have been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Times, Juxtapos, The New Art Examiner, as well as a feature on CNBC. Some awards received include The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Fellowship (Canada), The Jacob Kainen Award for Excellence in Figurative Painting, a Maryland State Arts Council grant and The Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting. Huntington is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran in Washington, DC. His paintings are represented by Porter Contemporary in New York City, Reyes+Davis in Washington, DC, Gallery 1301 in Baltimore, MD, and The Annapolis Collection Gallery in Annapolis, MD.