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Os Gêmeos are a Brazilian street-art duo composed of two identical twin brothers, Otávio and Gustavo Pandolfo, who are famous for their often surreal murals populated by whimsical, yellow-skinned figures. Taking their name (pronounced "ose zhe'-mee-ose") from the Brazilian for "the twins," the pair always works together, drawing inspiration from their dreams and using street-friendly mediums ranging from latex to spray paints.
Stylistically Os Gemeos are heavily influenced by the cryptic art of the São Paulo-based pixação graffiti movement as well as American hip-hop, which the twins grew up with in Brazil: "We knew hip-hop culture in 1985. We live in a district where hip hop culture was very strong in its beginning. We went to the street and saw our neighbors break dancing on the sidewalk. All night they practiced and we fell in love with this universe." Os Gêmeos have since branched out to also represent various aspects of Brazilian folklore, address socio-political issues, and do portraiture.
Through the last 12 years, the brothers have gained international fame, displaying their work in exhibitions in Cuba, major cities in the U.S. and Europe, as well as numerous shows in their hometown of Sao Paulo and throughout Latin America.
Watch a clip of the artists discussing the inspiration behind their work:
Watch a video of Os Gêmeos' work at the Galleria Patricia Armocida - Milan:(read less)
Techniques & Media: Mural Art, Painting
Inspirations & Key Themes: Dreams, Fantasy and Myth
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