Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Madrid-based arts collective Boa Mistura recently completed this series of typographic murals in Vila Brâsilandia, a favela on the outskirts of São Paulo. The simple, boldly colored murals feature single words distorted by perspective anamorphosis. Each mural has a single vantage point that allows the word to be read. Here, Beleza [beauty].

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

The murals are located on winding streets, which the artists claim are “the true articulators of the internal life of the community.” Here, the area children who helped with the murals pose in front of Firmeza [firmness]:

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Docura [sweetness]:

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Orgulho [pride]:

Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

Boa Mistura is comprised of Arkoh, Derko, Pahg, Purone and Rdick, who call themselves “graffiti rockers” and execute graffiti, murals, graphic design, and illustration projects. Via Visual News.

6 thoughts on “Typographic Murals by Boa Mistura in São Paulo

  1. Agreed! I really love this kind of public art, which really becomes part of the landscape and interacts in an interesting way with the viewer’s experience of the place.

  2. I hope the locals like it as much as I do.
    Very happy, sunny colours.

    There is a an interesting bit between ‘nice’ / expensive graffiti (Banksy) and just graffiti…
    Plus ‘historical’ graffiti (Roman scrawls) and modern ones (‘Think for yourself you feeble berks’ being my favorite).
    Anyway I like this.

  3. Neighborhood kids were involved in painting, so presumably there was community input on some level. Your comment about “expensive” graffiti is interesting — Banksy’s work is expensive and, if he were commissioned to execute a public art piece, I suppose that might be expensive as well. But, I think he still does his own thing, which would be free and unsolicited.

  4. Good point about Banksy, he produces it for free, then someone chips it off the wall and sells it. Or he grafittis on canvas or makes prints (which isn’t grafitti) of his greatest hits.

  5. The fact that people can remove his graffiti and sell it is crazy to me, but I guess that’s how graffiti works — you don’t get to own it until it’s off the street and in a gallery. Creating print reproductions seems really lame, but you can’t fault an artist for finding an outlet to monetize his practice. At least Banksy isn’t as merch-crazy as Shepard Fairey, you know?

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