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Os Gêmeos

Brazilian  •  b. 1974

Biography

Born Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, Os Gêmeos ('The Twins') are graffiti artists from São Paulo whose style is influenced by both Brazilian tradition and hip hop culture. Their work often features yellow-skinned figures but is otherwise diverse, ranging from interpretations of Brazilian folklore to social and political commentary. With the advent of American hip hop culture in Brazil in the late 1980s, the identical twins became interested in breakdancing. This led them to begin emulating New York graffiti art they had seen in photos before starting to consciously incorporate elements of Brazilian culture into their art and develop their own style. Their creative output graces walls across the world, from Scotland to Los Angeles, and also includes sculptures and installations.

Insights

  • In 1993, infamous graffiti artist Barry McGee visited São Paulo, where he met Os Gêmeos, beginning an artistic relationship and creative exchange that has spanned decades and continents.

  • Their work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and the Tate Modern in London.

"People in Brazil either accommodate themselves to reality, flee, or pretend not to see it. Intervening in public space was our way of speaking out."

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