‘We grew up playing in the streets and learned a lot from those days. We began creating our own world and started painting to escape from the city and its daily stress. You never know what will happen next. We had to learn to live in this environment.”
Thai artist Alex Face’s graffiti in Harajuku.
Twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo have come a long way from that. Better known as Os Gemeos (Portuguese for “The Twins”), the Brazilian street artists are admired for their pensive, intense-yet-genteel characters and penchant for subtle social and political criticism through their art. The duo credited growing up in Sao Paulo and Brazilian tradition as major sources of inspiration. First introduced to international audiences in an article in the influential street art-focused online magazine 12oz Prophet, their works have since appeared in galleries such as the Tate Modern in London and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
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