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jun 30, 2017

Brazilian street art transforms run-down neighborhood

The Brazilian street art duo Bicicleta Sem Freio are transforming a Delhi district into a work of art. Renato Reno and Douglas de Castro have risen to international fame with their public artworks. After operating in multiple cities across the globe, the pair has just unveiled their work in the India’s Lodhi Art District.

This week, the artists completed their work in the Delhi district with the help of a local non-profit. St+art India works to put art in public spaces across India’s cities, hoping to give old streets new identities. The organization has worked in 26 areas in Delhi, and turned to Reno and Castro for help with their latest idea.

An illustration and design duo from Goiania, Brazil, Reno and Castro have already have made Bicicleta Sem Freio an international name. They gained recognition for their explosive color palettes and distinctive line work, quickly becoming recognizable.

In 2014, the pair transformed Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Working with local non-profits, they painted the city’s street in a two-part project. Within a year, the duo gained recognition in their home state and received an invitation to work on a piece in Goiania’s Oscar Niemeyer Cultural Center. Last year, Bicicleta Sem Freio also created a mural in Berlin – a city notorious for its innovative street culture and art.

Brazil’s street art movement

Reno and Castro are not the only Brazilian street artists recognized for transforming streets across the planet. Compared to other artists, Bicicleta Sem Freio first formed in 2005 and is relatively new to the game.

Os Gemeos are another true street art double act. Beginning in 1987, twin graffiti artists Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo created Os Gemeos with a strong Brazilian hip-hop influence. Although graffiti was even more taboo at the time, Os Gemeos have gone on to gain worldwide recognition. Credited with defining the voice of Brazilian street art, the twins inaugurated a distinctive mural in Stockholm just this month.

Eduardo Kobra is yet another big name in the Brazilian street art scene. With bright colors and kaleidoscopic portraits, Kobra has murals in Brazil’s two largest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He has also produced works in Chicago, New York, Peru, Italy and Spain.