Performance by Brazilian artist: Mag Magrela
(1985, São Paulo - Brazil)
I have always been in contact with art through my father - who also paint. In 2007 the streets started to become the canvases for the drawings I accumulated in my sketchbooks throughout the years. Since then my work can be found on the streets of major cities in Brazil (São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro), Lisbon, London and New York.
My art represents an unique style that can be found in the Brazilian graffiti scene, which uses intuition and intense creativity. In addition to the graffiti, I also work with canvases, sculpture in clay and tiles. Most recently, I created a new performance-installation named “Meu Muro”, which means “My Wall” in English, that has become my signature performance.
I find inspiration in the urban euphoria of the city of Sao Paulo and I work around themes that portray the Brazilian culture: faith, profane, ancestors, struggles of living in society, obstacles of daily life and women.
I’m current working on a series named “Pindorama in Flames” during my one month residency in New York. ‘Pindorama’ in Tupi means land of the palm trees, a land free from evil. That was the name the Natives called Brazil before the colonization. My idea is to bring a piece of Brazil to New York and expose the current momentum my home country is going through, without losing hope for better days – after the fire, a new beginning emerges.
For this series I’m working on six canvases which will can be seen in my open studio in Bushwick until August, 14th and from August, 15th onwards will be in exhibition in the Lower East Side. The idea of the open studio is to have a space that I can work and at the same time get to know other people that identifies with my work and wants to get a deeper understanding of my work progress, ideas and my vision of Brazil and its culture.
I’m also taking advantage of my time in NY to keep painting walls around the city.