The following graffiti are by a Paulista artist Crânio, many of which can be found in Vila Madalena, a Sampa neighbourhood.
His influences come from indigenous art and, not surprisingly, his most vehement subjects are the Amazon issue and the fate of indigenous tribes, which is how I discovered him. He depicts the aborigines as little blue men with traditional body and face paint, usually wearing only a Brasilian flag tied around their waist. Then he elaborates on the ‘scenarios’, showing them dealing with technology, consumerism, urbanisation, and business.
More a criticism of the system, and a cry for awareness, his art is a contemporary and attention-grabbing portrayal of political and social events – more effective than a newspaper article.
The end result is a very expressive, witty, but a poignant concept.
A couple of months ago he ‘hijacked’ facebook with this impressive reel!
Vende-se Amazonia com tudo dentro = Amazon for sale, all-inclusive
Vende-se Amazonia = Amazon for sale
Compro arvores e capim = Looking to buy trees and grass
Eu reciclo, e você? = I recycle; how about you?
Bike não poloi = Bike doesn’t pollute