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by Os Gemeos
Published by Gingko Press
140p, color, softcover, 9.5"x13"
"Brazilian twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, best known as Os
Gemeos, are credited as leaders of graffiti and urban art in Brazil.
Quirky, yellow, oblong-headed figures have become their visual
signature. Their narrative paintings and drawings synthesize their
everyday lives, one defined by the color and chaos of urban Brazil, as
well as rural festivals, music and folk art all of which inspire
fantastical portraits. Os Gemeos is pub- lished on the occasion of
their exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, August
1-November 25, 2012. Paintings from the Exhibition at ICA Boston are of
course featured, but the chapters Studio Work, Drawings and Outdoor
Work make evident why Otavio and Gustavo have risen to international
prominence, both in the gallery and the streets. The oversize format
allows the reader to fully enjoy the colors and forms that have
endeared The Twins to street art aficionados and gallery-goers alike.
Despite being intimately linked to the international graffiti scene and
its practitioners, Os Gemeos unabashedly paint for the people. Their
murals, which grace cities around the world, critique social inequity
and aspire to create hope. Os Gemeos' poetic vision of the world is
difficult to label: they are not solely graffiti artists, but
unpredictable and visionary figurative artists who share their intimate
world with the public through painting, sculpture and installations."