b. 1974, Brazil

OSGEMEOS Artworks

OSGEMEOS began pursuing graffiti and painting as a way of sharing their imaginative world with the public. Their dream-like creations range from family portraits to social and political commentaries. In order to invite the audience into their shared inner world, OSGEMEOS engage with a varied range of media: from painting and sculpture to installation and video art, with drawing remaining at the centre of each process.

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Using bright colours and elaborate patterns, OSGEMEOS are best known for their long-limbed, yellow-skinned figures with thin outlines, enlarged heads, and simplified features. Through the use of the colour yellow, the character is a reference to a universal figure that defies race and culture. It is also a figure that represents the diverse population of Brazil. The yellow-skinned character, along with their other playful and often surreal motifs, can be found on all sorts of objects and in many locations and public settings.

Commissions

In 2008, OSGEMEOS were invited to create a large-scale work on the façade of the Tate Modern in London. OSGEMEOS exhibited on the façade alongside four other international street artists as part of the museum's 2008 exhibition Street Art, which is considered to be London's first major museum display of the genre.

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, OSGEMEOS transformed the national football team's official Boeing 737 into a work of art by painting over the entire plane using 1,200 aerosol cans. The project, which took one week to complete, featured a group of characters who represented the ethnic and cultural diversity of Brazil. The artwork remained on the airplane for two years after the world cup, so that travellers could enjoy flying with a work of art.

For the Vancouver Biennale in 2014, the artists created Giants, a 360-degree, 21-metre-tall mural and their first ever in Canada. Their largest public mural to date, Giants was completed using spray paint on six gigantic silos that were part of a concrete plant on Vancouver's Granville Island. Each silo was painted to resemble a character. Together they were turned into six huge characters standing side by side, overlooking the area and the visitors.

Institutional Exhibitions

Apart from large public commissions, OSGEMEOS have also exhibited in the indoors spaces of museums and galleries across the world. Their immersive installation Lyrical (2018) at Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh combined murals and sculptures as well as folk objects from the brothers' private collection, inviting the audience into a mystical world of dreams, music, and motion.

The major exhibition Secrets (2021), held at São Paulo's Pinacoteca, consisted of more than 1000 objects, over 50 of which had never been publicly presented in Brazil. The exhibition showcased motifs and ideas dating from the early period of their artistic development, such as notebooks from their teenage years, to the iconic, large pieces of their established career.

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Prisma Dejavú / Déja Vu Prism by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork painting
OSGEMEOS Prisma Dejavú / Déja Vu Prism, 2022 Mixed media on MDF board
204 x 164 x 11 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
No canto do pensamento / In the corner of the mind by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork painting
OSGEMEOS No canto do pensamento / In the corner of the mind, 2022 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
204 x 164 x 11 cm
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O canto do pássaro / The bird’s song by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork painting
OSGEMEOS O canto do pássaro / The bird’s song, 2022 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
80.31 x 64.57 x 4.3 cm
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Next Level by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS Next Level, 2021 Mixed media on mdf board with sequins
204 x 164 x 11 cm (incl frame)
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All Connected by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS All Connected, 2020 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
204.5 x 164.4 cm
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Liquid room by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS Liquid room, 2019 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
189.5 x 279.5 cm
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The pretty island by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS The pretty island, 2019 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board sequins
189.1 x 279.2 cm
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The sunset by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS The sunset, 2019 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
230 x 164.4 cm
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Kiss me and go back there by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS Kiss me and go back there, 2019 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
204.5 x 164.4 cm
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I swear that I saw it by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS I swear that I saw it, 2019 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
204.5 x 164.4 cm
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Taking the dog for a walk by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS Taking the dog for a walk, 2019 Mixed media on MDF board
204.5 x 164.4 cm
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Looking for the perfect beat by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS Looking for the perfect beat, 2019 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
204.5 x 164.5 cm
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On the lake inside the ocean by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS On the lake inside the ocean, 2018 Mixed media with sequins on MDF board
204 x 164 x 11 cm
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A Linha do Tempo by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
OSGEMEOS A Linha do Tempo, 2019 Acrylic and sequins on MDF
204 x 164 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
ACCODS I by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork sculpture
OSGEMEOS ACCODS I, 2019 Ceramic vases, acrylic, spray paint and coloured sand
145 x 56 x 56 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Inside the Eye by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS Inside the Eye, 2019 Mixed media on wood
204 x 164 x 11 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
ACCODS V by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork sculpture
OSGEMEOS ACCODS V, 2019 Ceramic vases, acrylic, spray paint and colored sand
110 x 55 x 55 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Where we come from by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork sculpture
OSGEMEOS Where we come from, 2016 Yarn and fabric latch hook rug
53.3 x 71.1 x 1.3 cm
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It is never enough by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork painting
OSGEMEOS It is never enough, 2018 Acrylic, spray paint, and sequins on board
204 x 164 cm (incl frame)
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Fish head by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS Fish head, 2008 Mixed media on wood
97 x 62 x 5 cm (incl frame)
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You are my guest by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS You are my guest, 2016 Mixed medium on wood
126 x 206 x 1.75 inches
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Gramophone by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork mixed media
OSGEMEOS Gramophone, 2016 Wood, metal, fibreglass, varnish, paint, Edison horns, vintage components, speakers, lights, and Technics turntables
178.4 x 205.1 x 86.4 cm
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Irie Voice by OSGEMEOS contemporary artwork installation
OSGEMEOS Irie Voice, 2016 Media player, USB drive, bluetooth, amplifier, and mixed media on wood, sound
259.1 x 299.7 x 61 cm
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