Monday, March 5, 2007


Rafael Calazans (Highraff), creates imagery of cities and colorful landscapes, with vibrant results. In his latest body of works, Highraff develops his drawings by adding a three-dimensional component. Through the use of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) material, he turns murals imagery into elaborate sceneries and sculptures. His process creates depth and design of monumental proportions.

- Jonathan LeVine Art Gallery


Paulo Cesar Silva (Speto), is one of Brazil’s most popular street artists. He attributes his visual style to influences from hip-hop, local pop culture, and eclectic world styles. Speto’s original graffiti, blends lines of traditional northeastern Brazilian wood carving styles, with sophisticated textures and figurative imagery. Working in a variety of mediums such as, murals, illustrations, and graphics, Speto fuses modern techniques with Brazilian cultural heritage, to create a distinctive form of street art.

- Jonathan LeVine Art Gallery

Bronx Mural Project

The Bronx Mural Project, is a collaboration of eight Brazilian artists (Fefe, Titi Freak, Kboco, Highraff, Speto, Onesto, Zezao, and Boleta), the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, and the Choque Cultural Gallery.

As a cross-cultural development project, the artists painted five walls at the Holcome L. Rucker School, in the Bronx New York. The artists were visiting the Jonathan LeVine gallery for their debut exhibit, Ruas de Sao Paulo: A survey of Brazilian Street Art, which ran from February 17 to March 17, 2007.

All the students that were involved in the Mural Project, assisted in the painting of the murals, leaned about Brazilian art, culture, and wrote about their experiences. Students will continue the project, painting murals at another school in a different location.
The students that were selected for the project showed strong interest in graffiti and the arts. It was developed as a way for them to learn, and be recognized for contributing to their community.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Alex Hornets (Onesto), has a striking history in the Brazilian graffiti scene. He has 72 different signatures, one for each of his working concepts, which he identifies as, “72 d.i.e.s.e.l.” The oldest signature, Onesto, is recognized primarily for portraits of fantastic beings. Alex Hornest blends these different visual codes and intertwines their styles to create stunning imagery.

- Jonathan LeVine Art Gallery

Titi Freak

Hamilton Yokota (Titi Freak), draws inspirations from his Japanese heritage. His style fuses eastern and western cultures, where fashion, pop imagery, illustrations, yo-yo, graffiti, and comic strips intertwine. He maintains a curios spirit, though an exploration of painting surfaces and the creation of elaborate and densely patterned canvases.

- Jonathan LeVine Art Gallery

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Graduating with an area of concentration in the fine arts, Fefe Talavera (Fefe), found that street art was the fuel that she was looking for to harness and evolve her ideas. Her most well known work is made from gluing cutout letters from popular concert posters found on almost every wall in Sao Paulo. Fefe also presents an extensive vocabulary in her most recent paintings drawings, and carvings. She is inspired by Mayan and Aztec mythologies, as well as Mexican heritage.

- Jonathan LeVine Art Gallery


Daniel Medeiros (Boleta), represents the psychedelic side of Brazilian graffiti. Influenced primarily by tattoo themes, the construction of his drawings results in an original style; rich with line work, colors, figures, and additional unique forms.

- Jonathan LeVine Art Gallery