Claudio Ethos (BRAZIL)

International Artist

Claudio Ethos (BRAZIL)

International Artist

Claudio Ethos was born in 1982, in the city of São Paulo and currently lives in the city of Birigui. Claudio has been painting professionally since 1997. He was influenced by the Calligraphic atmosphere and graffiti art on the streets of São Paulo; where he became a “Grafiteiro” or urban painter.

Claudio’s unique blend of conscious and unconscious depicts a remedy for struggle within South America’s concrete jungle. The strain of urban anxiety is often visible in the large, deep-set black eyes that reside within the tired faces of his characters. The excessive and meticulous detail that is the hallmark of Claudio’s work is sure to transport the viewer to an examination of one’s own waking dream.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Claudio was born in São Paulo in 1982 and currently lives and works there. He began artistic work around the age of 15 with spray paint as well as ballpoint pen, which to this day serves as his primary mediums. Highly influenced by many of the usual suspects from the Brazilian scene, Os Gemeos, Vitche, Onesto, and Herbert Baglione, Claudio’s style has taken its own highly unique style. Many in São Paolo today still prefer the stencil technique, or are part of large pixação crews with their own signatures, but Claudio has absolutely carved out his own niche among the muralists. His large-scale outdoor murals are less impulsive in origin than many of his contemporary’s work, and it is that degree of measure and complexity that sets his work apart.
In 2005 Claudio studied visual art at Londrina State University-PARANA in Brazil.  In April 2008, he had his first solo exhibition titled “Transition” at the Studio Cromie Gallery in Puglia, Italy. In August 2008, Claudio was invited to the Fame Festival in Italy to work with Urban artists Mantis from the UK, Blu from Italy and Erica il Cane from Italy.
His flawless conversions of his ballpoint pen drawings, usually from 8.5” x 11” or smaller make absolutely remarkable transitions from paper to concrete, almost as if an image has been transferred through a projector. Using a thread technique (among others) the amount of detail with his outdoor portraiture has captured the attention of countless art enthusiasts, his peers, and gallerists around the world. His penchant for replicating to scale the fine details of his ink and pencil drawings onto large walls has become his lasting signature.
The themes in his work (both indoor and outdoor) is inevitably related to the struggle of day-to-day existence that São Paulistas experience. Population density and the constant strain of urban anxiety become the subjects for many of Claudio’s narratives. Claudio’s characters have undeniably become some of the most recognized all throughout Brazil with his ephemeral work at times straddling the line of the figurative and abstract. His elongated, flexible, and strained figures have an almost liquid quality to them; one foot firmly in the school of the surrealists. He also displays a solid grasp of textiles in the use of patterns. Huge black balls serve as eyes for the exhausted and maligned residents of the concrete jungle. In a few words, his characters are a mixture of dreams and fragments of everyday life within the city.

EXHIBITIONS

2015 Transition in Color, Heerlen Murals, Netherlands
2015 May Bryne Kunstforening, Bryne, Norway
2013  Mural at Le tour 13/ Paris.
2013  Solo show at Galerry Itinerrance /Paris
2013  mural at Scultura viva/ Italy
2013  Solo show/Nostalgia 19 Karen gallery. Gold Coast/AU.
2012 Mural Ist. festival. Istanbul- Turkey.
2012 A.Y.P.C. Mural Festival,Halle -Germany
2012 Oslo Mural Festival , Oslo- Norway
2012 Street Art Communication, Kosice, Slovakia.
2012 Komafest Mural Festival, Vardo-Norway
2012 Castro Mural Show. Tel Aviv -Israel
2012 Feria del Libro de Bogota. Colombia
2011 Between Day and Night. Solo Show. Miami-U.S.A.
2011 R.UA. Mural Festival- Amsterdam.Neatherlands
2011 Cityleaks Mural Festival- Koln ,Germany.
2011 Vox Humana.Mural festival. Los Angeles. CA. U.S.A.
2010 Inoperable gallery mural.Vienna Austria
2010 RE-creation Mural show-New York. NY. U.S.A.
2010 STROKE.ARTFAIR. Berlin.Germany.
2010 HOUSE DIMENSIONS. Solo Show. Miami Art Basel. U.S.A.
2010 STROKE.ARTFAIR – Munich
2009 Solo Exhibiton – “Concreto” Christopher Henry Gallery New York USA.
2008 Solo Exhibiton – “Insomnia” 111 Minna Gallery San Francisco USA.
2008 Collective Exhibition – “Fame Festival” Galeria Temporanea STUDIOCROMIE Grottaglie Italy
2008 Solo Exhibiton – “Transicao” Galeria Temporanea STUDIOCROMIE Grottaglie Italy
2007 Dozza Murales Festival Italy
2007 Spina Festival Art and Culture Dozza City Italy
2006 Solo Exhibiton – “North Fair” at Art Museum of Londrina
2006 Collective Exhibition – “Desenhos” at cultural center Cristina Calixto Birigui.
2005 Solo Exhibiton – “Untitled” at cultural center Cristina Calixto Birigui.

PUBLICATIONS

2009 Juxtapoz Magazine 
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