From north to south and east to west, one thing you will not fail to discover all throughout Brazil on almost every street corner, there are tags, drawings, graffitis and paintings on the walls.
In short, there is something for all tastes, from small to large, black and white to colorful, from amateur to magnificent and from the committed to the purely aesthetic. Within Brazil, street art and street artists are well established… in fact street art is king. Whether the mayor of Sao Paulo agrees or not (he once tried to destroy artworks and graffiti poised on the walls of the city) This creative and powerful artistic explosion is unstoppable !
Brazilian street art is nowadays one of the most popular means of expression in Brazil. Just like the melting pot of the population, artists express themselves on every available wall. All styles are represented: Figurative, Abstract, Hyper-Realism, Surrealism … All techniques are used, spray can, paint roll, collage, stencils …
São Paulo effortlessly won the title of Brazilian Street art capital. It is known for being one of the most famous cities around the world in terms of Street art. And it’s justified! What an explosion of colours on every grey wall of the city. You will find street art on the facades of houses, Garages or entire walls dedicated to this art, such as the Beco do Batman in Vila Madalena.
Rio de Janeiro is also a real Eldorado for street artists. A city that recently decided to support and organize the amazing expression of murals, Even with an environment so attached to its freedom. 130 artists have illustrated nearly 40 kilometers along the Line 2 of the metro, with an artistic theme inspired by each area of the city crossed by the metro. Graffiti is allowed in public places in Rio. However, the street-art Brazilian population, which is underground, often close to anarchism, is in tradition resistant to any desire for external control, especially from a rather unpopular mayor. Many citizens suspect Eduardo Peas strongly would like graffiti to move away from the chic and tourist districts of the South Zone: the emblematic Copacabana and Ipanema.
Here is a selection of 40 of the greatest street artists known in Brazil Whether you walk the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Paris, Berlin, Rio, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Cape Town … open your eyes! You’ve recognized their works without realizing that these art masterpieces are from Brazilian artists.
Incredible, creative, monumental or deliberately discreet, committed and varied, Brazilian street art is exceptional. That’s why we have made a selection for you of the most creative and talented street artists in Brazil. You will find here a small bio, photos of their artworks and useful links to discover more about them.
Top 40 Brazilian Street Artists: Ethos, Os Gêmeos, Eduardo Kobra, L7m, Thiago Alvim, Mag Magrela, Sinhá, Enivo, Medo, Rimon Guimarães, Alexandre Orion, Nunca, Speto, Valdi Valdi, Herbert Baglione, Vitché, Zezão, Cranio, William Morphos, Onesto, Nina Pandolfo, Feik, Decy Graffiti, Will Ferreira, Daniel Melin, Alex Senna, Binho Ribeiro, Paulo Ito, Diego Dediablo, Rodrigo Branco, Izolag, Fredone Fone, João Lelo, B-47 collective, Felipe Yung aka Flip, Zéh Palito, Treco, Nove, Lelê Paes, Panmela Castro.
Ethos, Claudio Rafael was born in 1982 in Brazil and now lives in Sao Paulo. Ethos is a renowned graffiti and street-art artist .
He began spray painting around the age of 15, at the end of the 90’s in a small city, called Birigui. His style is unique and easy to distinguish. He’s using a minimal color palette, mostly black and white and creates surreal characters on large scale murals. His artworks can be seen around the world. Links: Blog – Instagram
Os Gemeos means “the twins” in Portuguese. Brazilian twins Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo are known in the street art community as OsGemeos. Born in 1974 in the city of São Paulo,they started painting graffiti in 1987. Internationally recognized for their unique style that is inspired by American hip-hop along with traditional traditional Brazilian art. Links: Blog – Facebook – Instagram
Eduardo Kobra is an internationally acclaimed Brazilian muralist. Exponent of new urban, artistic vanguard in Brazil, very well known for his massive-scale, brightly colored murals. Links: Blog – Facebook – Instagram – Google+
L7m, Luis Seven Martins was born in the countryside of São Paulo in 1988. He has been into art since childhood. L7m had his first introduction to spray paint at the age of 13. . He mixed spray paint with china ink, latex, pastel and acrylic. His artwork portrays combine geometrical elements and stylized color puzzles with detailed realism.L7m, created a very famous and gorgeous series of graffiti birds combining realism with abstract gestures. Links: Blog – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram
Enivo is a graffiti and street artist from Sao Paulo. Marcus Vinícius aka ENIVO discover art at the age of 12 and had his first experience with graffiti artwork in 1998. Since then he’s been painting the streets of the city as a stamp of poetry, materializing ideas and feelings through the image. Links: Facebook – Flickr
Rimon Guimarães is a self-taught artist born in 1988 in Curitiba -Brazil. He’s known for his huge colorful murals popping up around the globe. Rimon Guimarães Art is a combination of design, performing art, video and music. Links: Facebook – Flickr – Tumblr
Alexandre ORION is a Brazilian street artist born in Sao Paulo city. Alexandre is strongly influenced by urban culture and graffiti world. He’s one of the most creative artists of the Brazilian Street art scene. Links: Facebook – Blog – Instagram
Nunca is a Brazilian street artist Born in 1983 in São Paulo, Brazil. He was only 12 when he started painting graffiti on Brazilian streets. He uses a graffiti technique to create images that confront modern urban Brazil with its native past. Links: Facebook – Instagram
Valdi-Valdi, Thiago Rogério de Castro Furtado is originally from Florianópolis, a paradisiac Brazilian island. He’s known in the urban art scene as ValdiValdi, and has been doing graffiti since 2006. Links: Interview with Valdi-Valdi – Facebook – Blog
Cranio Artes, Fabio de Oliveira Parnaiba, better known as Cranio (“Skull” in English). Born in 1982 and grew up in Sao Paulo. In 1998 Fabio began to cover the gray walls of his home town with his artwork. Links: Facebook – Blog – Instagram
Herbert BAGLIONE was born in 1977 in São Paulo. Internationally known graffiti artist, He has been making compelling and narrative works on both the streets walls and in international galleries for years. Links: Blog – Facebook
MEDO is a Brazilian street artist. He works and lives in Sao Paulo, and recently shifted from dark, often creative geometrical human-like portraits to the anatomically correct abstraction. Links: Flickr
Sinha is a Brazilian female street artist living in Sao Paulo. Painting murals in Brazilian favelas and “urbex” with very original and creative style often depicting surreal female characters.
Onesto, Alex Hornest is a painter and sculptor who lives and works in Sao Paulo. Onesto Blog
William Mophos Street Artist from Brazil
Decy Graffiti: Brazilian street artist born in 1975. Facebook
Will Ferreira: Facebook
Alex Senna: Facebook
Daniel Melin Street Artist from Sap Paulo
Binho Ribeiro: Facebook
Paulo Ito: Facebook
Diego Dedablio: Facebook
Rodrigo Branco: Facebook – Tumblr
Fredone Fone: Facebook
João Lelo : Blog
B-47 The collective is formed by the artists Dênis Rodrigues de Freitas and Tiago Ramos Gasques. Blog
Felipe Yung aka Flip: Facebook
Zéh Palito: Facebook
NOVE is a visual artist and muralist based in São Paulo, Brazil: Instagram
Lelê Paes: Facebook
Panmela Castro: Facebook
All pictures by Courtesy of the artists