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Kadu Doy aka Sosek (b. 1983) is a self-taught artist from São Paulo, where he lives. His training is based on over 20 years of interaction with street culture, mainly graffiti. Influenced by outlaw calligraphy and the intrinsic flow of the act of writing, his work also reveals substantial influence by Japanese art, in particular its calligraphic component, Shodo, and ink wash painting, or Sumi-e. In his drawings and paintings, the artist applies black paint over a white surface, creating a contrast which he believes is where conscience is revealed, a metaphor for life itself. His characteristic themes are rooted in daily scenes of the big city, depicting the life of those who live in the streets. During his creative process, the artist includes the practice of self-observation, using the captured images as a “mirror”, where he examines the misery of his own human and psychological condition, in his relationship with the material and immaterial world, conceiving an exercise of restructuring by way of an internal action for the creation of his paintings. The artist's central subject matter is how to become a human being, and his disquiet on the essence of things.
Through the madness of the large metropolises, where were are increasingly unable to observe and appreciate the beauty of urban architecture, Kaur (b. 1980) transforms places that previously went unnoticed. A native of São Paulo, where he lives, the Brazilian artist places colours and forms that depict his habitat as an escape, giving life to dry and “dead” structures and forms that represent fragments of the city, with a constructivist yet contemporary presentation, fleeing from rules. His work creates a meaning for each person, where each has his own critical sense but all see themselves as an integral part of this urban machinery, acting as a graphic escape that displaces the viewers, leaving them free from rules and established artistic patterns.
André Barbato aka Coxas (b. 1981), holds a degree from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo. A native of the same city, where he still lives today, his greatest influence lies in the megalopolis and urban life, having started out his path in the illegal graffiti scene. A set designer, he worked on the conception and production of the installation of shows by important figures of the Brazilian music scene. Coxas sucks in the chaos of the São Paulo metropolis and returns to us the city's irony that proposes freedom but takes it away at the same time. With the street acting both as medium and inspiration, it is from it that he extracts the forms, colours, constructions and emblematic elements for his work.
A native of São Paulo, where he still lives today, Thiago Nevs (b. 1985) explores urban media connected with his daily life, contesting in an emblematic and metaphoric way the subversions that ravage society. Self-taught, his interest for visual creativity began in the late-1990s through the illegal practices of pichação and graffiti, still viewing today their character of transgression and appropriation as pillars of his training. Besides the tough reality of the streets, Nevs' oeuvre contains in itself a criticism of sensitive issues of Brazilian society, such as inequality, segregation, politics, and religion, that turn into forces of creation, resistance and struggle.