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 […]

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 […]



“It’s a pleasure to be in Prazeres” – damn straight. Head up the mountain towards Christ the Redeemer, past Santa Teresa, take a right when you see this guy and you are in a place called Prazeres. Prazeres means “pleasures” in Portuguese. Street art everywhere. This smurf fresco represents Rio’s soccer rivalry in four parts. Fluminense […]

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 […]

XX Street Art


Hypercolor scenes of women in street art across Rio. Ipanema Beach. Arpoador. Botafogo. Copacabana. Copacabana. Santa Teresa. Largo do Machado. Lapa. Jardim Botânico. Lapa. Lapa. Lapa. Largo do Machado. Ipanema. Original photography by @jruv.   More Rio Art:   Museu da Favela “We are living in a museum. And the museum is all of Cantagalo.”   […]

Resurrection Art


I met Andrea Brandani on the sidewalk in Ipanema, carving Jesus out of a near extinct pine that had fallen in the lingerie capital of Latin America three hours north of Rio. Jesus in Brandani’s Ipanema atelier. Brandani carves in trees, paints in oil and sprays murals across Rio de Janeiro. Before he heads to Munich on a […]