Os Gêmeos - BRIC Theme Sale London Friday, April 23, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Deitch Projects, New York; Private Collection, United Kingdom

  • Exhibited

    New York, Deitch Projects, Os Gêmeos: Too Far Too Close, 28 June - 9 August 2008

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mauria, Esmeraldo, Pomela, Nacaicimento, Valdelios, Amildala (2008) is Os Gêmeos' representation of people who exist between two vibrant worlds. These are the people who make up the diverse social fabric of the identical twin brother's hometown, Sao Paulo; yet, simultaneously, they are the inhabitants of the surreal world the two have created in their shared artistic vision. Much like Sao Paolo, the world of Os Gêmeos is bright and energetic: nothing is dull, and every image is the start of another story. Everything and everyone is unique, but, in some unfathomable way, all the people and stories overlap to create the story of the world of Os Gêmeos.

  • Artist Biography

    Os Gêmeos

    Brazilian • 1974

    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.

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Mauria, Esmeraldo, Pomela, Nasciacimento, Valdelios, Amildala

Acrylic, latex, spray paint, sequins and electrical light on wooden table top.
109.2 x 154.9 x 12.7 cm (43 x 61 x 5 in).
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

£25,000 - 35,000 Ω ♠

Sold for £37,250

BRIC Theme Sale

23-24 April 2010