Posts Tagged ‘brazilian’

Artist of the moment………..Luis Seven Martin


Luis Seven Martins is a Brazilian street artist renown for his spectacular images of birds.  The artist also goes by the name of LM7.

LM7 was born in São Paulo, Brazil in the year 1988.The artist has been working with street art and graffiti since he was thirteen years of age.

Most works are a mix of spray paint and acrylics.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

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In this clip a great selection of works by Luis Seven Martins:

LM7’s style can be described as John James Audubon with a modernist touch. LM7’s art is a wonderful blend of abstraction and color that show birds in constant motion. Another artist working with the same subject matter in a similar style is the painter Frank Gonzales.




Artist of the moment……..Tomie Ohtake


Tomie Ohtake was an outstanding Japanese/ Brazilian painter renown for her abstract style. Ohtake was a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.

Tomie Ohtake was born in Kyoto, Japan in the year 1913. When she was in her early twenties she went to visit a brother who was living in Brazil. During her visit World War 2 began, she was unable to leave Brazil, and she never returned to Japan settling permanently in Brazil.

Below a short montage of works by Tomie Ohtake that shows many of her public works:

In this clip we view a series of glass mosaic tiles designed by Tomie Ohtake that are on permanent display at a subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil:

Ohtake represented Brazil on multiple occasions at the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennials.

The artist had a son who went on to become a world renown architect renown for innovative styles named Ruy Ohtake.

Tomie Ohtake passed away on February 12 of 2015 at the age of 101 years old.

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With her use of such innovative shapes the artist was at the fore front of contemporary art in Brazil paving the way for such artists as Beatrice Milhazes.


Artist of the moment………Street Artist L7M


L7M is a fantastic street artist renown for his depictions of birds. L7M also goes by the name of Luis Martins. Luis Martins was born in the year 1988 in São Paulo, Brazil. The artist began working with spray paint at the age of thirteen.

In this clip we view L7M work on some human portraits:

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Below we view more works by L7m from an exhibit in Luxembourg. Many birds and human faces are featured:

Often L7M works with mixed media including ink, pastel, and acrylics.

I really enjoy the artist’s mixture of abstraction and realism in his artwork. Especially interesting are the images of birds with their wings flapping in motion.


Artist of the moment………Emiliano Di Cavalcanti


Emiliano Di Calvacanti was a Brazilian painter renown for his work with the figure. Emiliano Di Cavalcanti was born in Rio De Janiero, Brazil in the year 1897. His wife was also a painter named Noemia Mourao. For college Di Cavalcanti tried to attain a law degree, but left to pursue artistic endeavors before becoming a lawyer.

The artist was avid supporter of the Communist party and was put in jail on two separate occasions.

Di Cavalcanti moved to Paris, France and found other modernist painters including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Fernad Leger. Whilst he was living in Paris he attended the Academy Ranson located in Paris.

Below a great montage of works by Di Cavalcanti showing his fantastic paintings of the figure:

After his marriage the couple remained in Paris before they had to leave in a hurry due to the fact that Paris was being taken over by the German Nazis.

Emiliano Di Cavalcante passed away in 1976.

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What a great mix of styles that composed this artist’s work. I can see glimpses of Impressionism, Cubism, and Expressionist styles in his art.


Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Ricardo AKN


Ricardo AKN is a street artist hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil born in the year 1979. In addition to painting large murals the artist works as an illustrator and also with plastics.


In this clip we view a time lapse of Ricardo AKN at work on a piece in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2006:

The artist and the Pepsi company teamed up for this series of works featuring the best football/ soccer players in the world. In this clip we take a closer look at this series of art from Rikardo AKN:

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I enjoy the style of this Brazilian artist. Though people in the art world know about the Pandolpho Twins, Os Gemeos  from Brazil, other artists such as Ricardo AKN do a great job depicting the figure in a modernist style. The artist has been very successful as a commercial artist working with companies including Pepsi, Ellus, and Nike.


Artist of the moment……….Judith Lauand


Judith Lauand is a wonderful abstract artist born in Brazil in the year 1922.

Lauand was among the first Modernist painters in Brazil. The artist often used a grid, a limited palette, and basic geometric shapes in composing her work.

Price range information: The artist works with gouache which can be found for around $10,000. Oils can reach the low six figure mark.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Judith Lauand. Her work is shown starting at the 40 second mark of the clip:

With her simple compositions, geometric shapes, and limited palette Lauand was far ahead of her time.


Artist of the moment…….Street artist Nunca

Francsico Rodrigues de Silva is a street artist hailing from Brazil that also goes by the name Nunca.

“Nunca” means “never” in the artist’s native language of Portuguese.

The artist began spraying paint and making graffiti when he was 12 years old.

Nunca enjoys comparing the past Brazil with what see now and what will happen in the future.

The artist has worked with many other well known artists from Brazil.One such collaboration was with the twin street artists brothers, Os Gemeos.

Nunca is based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Nunca has shown his art at the Tate Modern located in London, England and the Brazilian Museum of Modern Art.

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Here we see Nunca at work on a very large work:

In this clip we view Nunca and other street artists at the Tate Modern Show:

What a wonderful street artist success story!


Artist of the moment…….Bruno Giorgi

Bruno Giorgi was born in Mocao which is very close to Sao Paulo, Brazil in the year 1905. The artist moved with his family when he was eight old to Rome, Italy. Despite this Giorgi’s work is heavily influenced by characters of his native country of Brazil. Giorgi was renowned for his sculptures which started rather tight and constricted and ended up loose and highly stylized.

Many sculptures were done with marble, bronze, or steel.

The artist was on outspoken political activist. Whilst in Italy he helped spread some revolt against the Facist government. This angered the government and the artist was sent to jail and eventually deported back to Brazil.

In this clip we take a closer look at one of Bruno Giorgi’s more abstract works:

Eventually Giorgi would move to Paris, France and study at La Grande Chaumiere. Giorgi then moved back to Brazil.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

In this clip we take a closer look at another abstract sculpture by Bruno Giorgi:

Bruno Giorgi passed away in 1993.


Artist of the moment…..Ernest Neto

Ernest Neto was born in Rio De Janiero, Brazil in the year 1964. Neto works as a painter, sculptor, and photographer. For sculpting he uses a variety of materials but is renown for his use of soft sculptures. These are made with a fabric material that Neto fills with other items including spices. Too bad SMELLAVISION doesn’t exist, the dream of chef tv host Emeril LaGasse, some of the very large sculptures by Neto are stuffed with spices.

For his artistic education Neto attended the school of visual arts located in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The artist doesn’t mind people touching his artwork. Yikes! His museum size installations are very large in scale and can take up floor space, but he will then create the structure and have it reach the ceiling. In this clip we see a sculpture by Neto made to feel as if the viewer was walking through the inside of an earthworm. Very creative!

First exhibition was in 1988 in Brazil.

First international exhibition was in 1996.

In this clip an interview with the artist discussing his artwork:

Ernest Neto is based out of Rio De Janiero, Brazil.

In this clip a very interesting storyline. Neto is sought after by a running group to create a work of art. He succeeds and his results are unusual. He creates a sort of web that the runners can stretch out in and relax.

Neto represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale in 2003.

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Artist of the moment…..Efrain Almeida

Efrain Almeida is an artist from Brazil born in the year 1964 renown for his work with sculptures in wood. Working with umburana  cedar wood Efrain Almeida carves everything from faces, human figures, dogs, even cathedrals which are found in many locales in his native of Brazil,  and whatever else you could imagine. My favorite work in the gallery is that of the hat. To take a highly recognizable visual substance like wood, and make it appear as a fabric, what an amazing technique!

Has been featured in many national publications including the New York Times and ARTnews magazine.

Even the use of his carvings has religious twist. To give thanks for prayers answered parishioners might leave a wood carving at church. Brazil has the highest percentage of Catholics on earth.

Many of the works are done in smaller size of less than 12 inches. Very compact but graceful, similar to many of the Inuit artists.

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In this clip, which I think is done in Portuguese, we view  a show by the artist. Many carvings are in fact self portraits of the artist.

In this clip I have no idea what they are saying in Portuguese, but watch the first few seconds and you may see Efrain Almeida in person and see how accurate his carvings are:


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