New Tours Discover the Street Art of Rio de Janeiro

New Tours Discover the Street Art of Rio de Janeiro

By Lauren Hogan, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Street art in Rio gives new meaning to the expression ‘painting the town’ with the vast number of scrawls and spray paintings that color the city. Now with the help of Brazilian pair Julia Murad and Nina Chini Gani, founders of the Rio Street Art […]

Street Art Expresses Mixed World Cup Feelings

Street Art Expresses Mixed World Cup Feelings

By Sarah Brown, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A picture paints a thousand words as the street artists in Rio de Janeiro know all too well. The World Cup has aroused controversy and mixed emotions, stimulating both budding and established street artists to channel these sentiments into powerful and revealing artworks. Paulo Ito […]

‘Roque Pense’ – Women, Guitars and Ideas

‘Roque Pense’ – Women, Guitars and Ideas

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For three heavy-riffing days the Roque Pense urban festival will continue to spread its message of anti-sexism through live music and a series of workshops. Now in its second edition, the free festival, with its emphasis on women in rock ‘n’ roll, will also […]

Copa Graffiti: New Visions in Zona Norte

Copa Graffiti: New Visions in Zona Norte

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL –  Copa Graffiti (the Graffiti Cup), the project that has transformed fifteen MetrôRio stations in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone), is another boost for the city’s image as a street art-friendly metropolis. At the same time, the project promises to instill a new sense […]

Rio Urban Arts Film Festival, Caradura

Rio Urban Arts Film Festival, Caradura

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The 2012 Rio International Film Festival ended last week, taking with it the red carpets and camera flashes.  Those cinephiles still looking for cutting edge cinema don’t have to wait until next October though, as October 23rd opens the 1st edition of the International Urban […]

Avesso do Avesso at Galeria Movimento

Avesso do Avesso at Galeria Movimento

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tomorrow evening, Thursday, August 2nd, a handful of art galleries within Shopping Cassino in Copacabana will open their doors to display new collections from local and foreign artists.  Among them, Galeria Movimento, where Mateu Velasco’s inventive “Avesso do Avesso” (the inside out of […]

X-Tudo Arts Festival at Teatro SESI

X-Tudo Arts Festival at Teatro SESI

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the Portuguese language, X-Tudo (pronounced shees TOO-du) is slang for a cheeseburger with all the toppings – including egg, ham and the rest of what you can imagine, and it seems like the perfect title for the SESI Cultural festival. The event combines […]

New Documentary on Pixação, Graffiti

New Documentary on Pixação, Graffiti

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Pixação, the spray-painted graffiti “signatures” that cover many of Brazil’s cities, including São Paulo and Rio, has become a hot topic in recent weeks. In his new documentary Lights, Camera, PICHAÇÃO, filmmaker Gustavo Coelho turns his camera on the pixação community of Rio in an attempt to document the movement’s antics, […]

Fleshbeck Crew, Rio’s Graffiti Originators

Fleshbeck Crew, Rio’s Graffiti Originators

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Graffiti (from the New York City tradition) only started to appear in Rio in a big way during the late Nineties, but it did not take long for the city earn a reputation as one of the most tolerant of the work. Around […]

FlutuArte, Street Art Sets Sail in Urca

FlutuArte, Street Art Sets Sail in Urca

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Thanks to the imagination of New York-based artists Maxine Nienow and Nicolina (members of the The Free Art Society), Rio is changing the notion of nautical art in Brazil and introducing a new dimension in the evolution of the street art genre. The […]

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