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  • Five street artists honored the 2016 Rio Paralympics with these huge murals

    These street artists honored the 2016 Rio Paralympics with 5 huge murals

    One of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest street art projects was completed earlier this month in honor of the 2016 Rio Paralympics. It took 1,500 spray paint cans and 650 liters (171 gallons) of paint to complete the five murals comprising the Rio Esporte Art (“Rio Sport Art”) project. Each mural represents a sport that’s popular […]

  • Debret exhibit captures the vibrancy - and inequality - of colonial Rio

    Debret exhibit captures the vibrancy – and inequality – of colonial Rio

    This year marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the French Artistic Mission to Brazil, whose mission was to launch an arts academy in Rio de Janeiro and introduce European Neoclassicism to the city, which had recently become the capital of the short-lived United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. Ultimately, the Mission’s most […]

  • Brazil's gorgeous Olympic posters on display in Rio

    Brazil’s 13 gorgeous Olympic posters on display in Rio

    There’s plenty of room for disagreement about whether the upcoming Rio Olympics will be a boon or bust; in fact, 50 percent of Brazilians responding to a new poll out today said they thought it was a bad idea to be hosting the megaevent. But the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee broke with tradition to provide […]

  • Brazil represented at World Press Photo exhibit 11

    Brazil represented at World Press Photo 2016 exhibit

    A doctor rubs ointment on a gravely burnt 16-year-old ISIS fighter lying on a hospital bed in Syria; on the background, as if watching over or passing judgement on the scene, is a large portrait of Kurdistan Workers’ Party leader Abdullah Öcalan. Depending on the beholder, the photo, published in The New York Times, can […]

  • By Luciana da Gama for Vera Matilde

    Meet Bolinho, Brazil’s tastiest street artist

    Maria Raquel Couto got involved with street art in 2009 by helping out her boyfriend, who had been painting walls in Belo Horizonte for two years under the moniker KC. “One day I started to notice how much I loved painting and being on the streets, and I felt the need to create something of […]

  • Watch indie rockers Letuce's homage to 'Trip to the Moon'

    Watch indie rockers Letuce’s homage to ‘Trip to the Moon’

    Rio de Janeiro indie rockers Letuce released an eye-catching music video for “Muralha da China,” one of the standouts tracks from their 2015 release Estilhaça. Graphic artist Elisa Riemer, who created the album artwork, wrote and directed the video, a gif collage that uses old-school animation techniques to create a stunning homage to George Méliès’ […]

  • Tomie Ohtake sculpture unveiled posthumously in São Paulo

    Tomie Ohtake sculpture unveiled posthumously in São Paulo

    When Japanese-Brazilian artist Tomie Ohtake passed away in February, one of her last wishes went unfulfilled: unveiling a new sculpture on São Paulo’s main thoroughfare, Paulista Avenue. The nonprofit Associação Paulista Viva worked to make Ohtake’s dream a reality, and the untitled piece was unveiled this morning. Conceived three years ago by Ohtake, the 7-ton, […]

  • OSGEMEOS in Belarus - Embassy, orphanage get makeovers

    OSGEMEOS in Belarus: Embassy, orphanage get makeovers

    Can’t stop, won’t stop. Shortly after completing a month-long residency on Times Square’s billboards, OSGEMEOS re-emerged in Belarus last week. Yes, Belarus. The Eastern European nation’s capital, Minsk, gained a Brazilian embassy in 2011 and a Brazilian street art festival last year. OSGEMEOS left their mark on both, covering part of the embassy’s new digs […]

  • Rio's ArtRua 2015 celebrates street art

    Rio’s ArtRua 2015 celebrates street art

    Rio de Janeiro’s port area was a magnet for thousands of art lovers from Sept. 9 to 13, but while the international fair ArtRio drew elite galleries and collectors, the lesser-known ArtRua was a delight for urban art aficionados. Both events were launched in 2011; ArtRua (“rua” is Portuguese for street) started out as an […]