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b. 1974, Brazil

OSGEMEOS Biography

OSGEMEOS (b. 1974, São Paulo, Brazil; live and work in São Paulo), translated as 'the twins' in Portuguese, is a collaborative art duo comprised of twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. As children, the brothers developed a distinct way of playing and communicating through artistic language, but it was with the invasion of hip-hop, and the explosion of Brazilian culture during the 1980s that OSGEMEOS began to use art as a way of sharing their dynamic and magical universe with the public. Combining traditional, folkloric, and contemporary elements of Brazilian culture with graffiti, hip-hop, music, dreams and international youth culture, the artists have created an expansive body of work that includes murals, paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations, and video. They use a symbolic visual language often inspired by their dreams that, as twins, they claim to share. In addition to the use of bright colours and elaborate patterns, they are best known for their paintings that feature long-limbed yellow-skinned figures with thin outlines, enlarged faces, and simplified features. The yellow skin colour indicates a universal figure, rather than a direct reference to a specific race or culture, which reflects the highly diverse population of Brazil and the world. The use of doors, canvas and mirrors, both literal—painting directly on discarded doors and incorporating reflective surfaces into their works—and as motifs, signal access to another realm or an entry point to the psyche, pulling viewers into their surreal and chimerical world.

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Solo exhibitions of OSGEMEOS' work have been organised by Museu Casa do Pontal, Rio de Janeiro (2015); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2012); Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon (2010); and Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands (2007). Select group exhibitions and biennials featuring their work include Everything you are I am not: Latin American contemporary art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ; Apreensões e Objetos do Desejo: obras doadas pela Receita Federal ao MNBA, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro (2015); Giants at the Vancouver Biennale (2014); Gigantes por su propria naturaleza, Institut Valéncia d'Art Modern, Valéncia, Spain (2011); 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.

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).

Text courtesy Lehmann Maupin.

OSGEMEOS Featured Artworks

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All Connected by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork
OSGEMEOSAll Connected, 2020Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
204.5 x 164.4 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Liquid room by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork
OSGEMEOSLiquid room, 2019Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
189.5 x 279.5 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
The pretty island by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork
OSGEMEOSThe pretty island, 2019Mixed media with sequins on MDF board sequins
189.1 x 279.2 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
A Linha do Tempo by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork
OSGEMEOSA Linha do Tempo, 2019Acrylic and sequins on MDF
204 x 164 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
ACCODS I by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork
OSGEMEOSACCODS I, 2019Ceramic vases, acrylic, spray paint and coloured sand
145 x 56 x 56 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Where we come from by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork
OSGEMEOSWhere we come from, 2016Yarn and fabric latch hook rug
53.3 x 71.1 x 1.3 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
It is never enough by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork
OSGEMEOSIt is never enough, 2018Acrylic, spray paint, and sequins on board
204 x 164 cm (incl frame)
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Gramophone by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork
OSGEMEOSGramophone, 2016Wood, metal, fibreglass, varnish, paint, Edison horns, vintage components, speakers, lights, and Technics turntables
178.4 x 205.1 x 86.4 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery

OSGEMEOS Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, OSGEMEOS, Portal at Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street, New York
10 September–31 October 2020 OSGEMEOS Portal Lehmann Maupin501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Os Gêmeos, Déjà Vu at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
26 March–12 May 2018 Os Gêmeos Déjà Vu Lehmann MaupinHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, OSGEMEOS, Silence of the Music at Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York
8 September–22 October 2016 OSGEMEOS Silence of the Music Lehmann Maupin536 West 22nd Street, New York

OSGEMEOS Represented By

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, London, Seoul

OSGEMEOS In Related Press

OSGEMEOS at Lehmann Maupin, New York Related Press OSGEMEOS at Lehmann Maupin, New York 27 January 2017, Art in America

A man in a boat has reeled in a mermaid with a fishing pole and steps into the pink waters as if to take her place. This is the central image of OSGEMEOS’s mixed-medium painting  Um segredo do mar  ( Secret from the Sea, 2015), which was the first work you encountered in the graffiti duo’s exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, Silence of the Music, and...

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Os Gemeos 'Parallel Connection' in Times Square Related Press Os Gemeos 'Parallel Connection' in Times Square 10 August 2015, Hypebeast

Brazilian duo Os Gemeos recently hit the Big Apple, making their way to Times Square to kick off their latest endeavor. Dubbed Parallel Connection, the massive installation — part of The Times Square Advertising Coalition’s Midnight Moment  project — sees the renowned graffiti artists taking over a bevy of the commercial...

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