Beco do Batman


Beco do Batman, a graffiti wonderland in São Paulo’s Vila Madalena neighborhood since the 1980’s. See if you can spot the bat signal.     More street art on Riochromatic: SHINE AND FLOW — Street signs in and around Santa Teresa, my favorite place I’ve ever lived. (link)         PRAZERES — Portuguese for […]

Street Signs


 SHINE AND FLOW — Street signs in and around Santa Teresa, my favorite place I’ve ever lived. Let’s take a ride! Stenciled over someone’s mailbox. I prefer to live in sin than lie in prayer. Love and hate. And Tinder. “Filho da puta” is the Brazilian equivalent of “son of a bitch” but translates to […]

Andrea’s Nudes

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                                         My whole artistic career I’ve painted my work with oil on canvas, I’ve painted different subjects like Ipanema and elephants, vases of burnt flowers, etc, always with an impressionist style with the use of concentrated paints in many layers. But for this entire thirty years of […]



ArtRio is happening right now in Rio: pop-up galleries and art from all over the place spilling over 200,000 square feet of waterfront real estate in Rio’s rapidly reurbanizing Port Zone. These were my favorite works in the order I saw them. Sam Francis – Blue Jade, 1982 Betania Samaia – Pão de Açúcar, 2014 A […]

Dignity and AIDS

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“Without dignity, there is no effective response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” The Brazilian National AIDS Program is widely recognized as the leading example of an integrated HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment program in a developing country. ABIA, the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association, is an NGO that was founded in 1987 to mobilize society to confront […]

Detour: Inhotim


I’m 300 miles north of Rio in the largest gathering of palm trees in the world. I’m in the middle of nowhere surrounded by art. This is Inhotim. Cildo Meireles – Inmensa   Edgard de Souza – Untitled   Galeria Adriana Varejão Cristina Iglesias – Vegetation Room Dan Graham – Bisected triangle, Interior curve Matthew Barney – De Lama […]

One Square Block


One square block of street art in the Lagoa district. Start at Rua Batista de Costa and take a deep breath. It’s going to be a while till we come up for air. I love how some people still don’t think graffiti is art. Partial credits. All photos in this post were taken here on […]

The Hippie Fair


Sundays in Ipanema, the Feira Hippie goes down at the General Osório plaza. As it has every Sunday, without exception, since 1968. The Feira Hippie website claims it’s the largest open-air art gallery and artisanal fair in the world, which is obviously not the case.  It occupies a single square block. It isn’t even the largest such art […]

Prazeres Street Art


Prazeres is a favela up the road from Santa Teresa, with ridiculous views and even more ridiculous street art. Prazeres means “pleasures” in Portuguese. Nação means “nation.” 45 local artists paint the streets chromatic in partnership with the FLUPP lit festival. Start here. The mural reads left to right.                 Original photography by […]

From Andrea to Munich


Ipanema artist Andrea Brandani is going to Munich next week at the city’s request to paint the town any color he feels like. Let’s see what (or who) he’s packing in his bag. De is responsible for the elephants in Ipanema. He’s also into resurrection art and carving tree trunks into the likeness of Christ. A […]