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Os Gemeos

OSGEMEOS is a Brazilian graffiti-artist duo notable for their large-format paintings of yellow figures. Blending influences of Brazilian folklore, hip-hop culture, political commentary, and personal history, many of their murals and paintings are centered on characters in a self-made fantasy world called “Tritez.” Born Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo in 1974 in São Paulo, Brazil, OSGEMEOS is a moniker (translated in Portuguese as The Twins). The brothers started their artistic career as break-dancers, before becoming interested in American graffiti culture after an encounter with the artist Barry McGee in 1993. Their work uses a mostly yellow palette, as the color is easy to see from a distance on the street. They have rises to prominence with murals plastered on structures throughout the world, including in Coney Island, NY and on Brazilian subway trains. Major public commissions include HangarBicocca, Milan (2016); Parallel Connections, Times Square Arts: Midnight Moment, New York (2015); Wynwood Walls, Miami (2009); Tate Modern, London (2008); and Creative Time, New York (2005).

In 2012, OSGEMEOS had their first solo museum show in the United States at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The artists currently have a solo museum show at Storage by Hyundai Card Museum in Seoul, South Korea. They have solo museum show coming up at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. They have been included in many public museum exhibitions, including Art in the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011); Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (2010); and When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2008). Their work is in numerous international public collections, including The Frank-Suss Collection, London; Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; Museu de Arte Brasileira, São Paulo; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Today, they live and work in São Paolo, Brazil.