Stephan Doitschinoff (Calma)
Stephan Doitschinoff, aka Calma (30), was born in São Paulo, but since 2004, he has lived and worked in São Paulo, Bahia, London, Manchester, Madrid and Barcelona.
He didn't have a formal art training but at aged 16 began to work with scene painter called Zé Carratú. Over three years he painted backdrops for rock festivals including bands such as Black Sabbath and Bad Religion.
After some time in Europe he came back to Brazil then forming an artist collective known as FACA with Carlos Dias, together they painted murals and produced posters and stickers that were placed on the streets of Sao Paulo.(As featured in the Graffiti Brasil book)
His iconography and symbolism uses elements of sacred art, urban art and pop culture. As the son of a protestant pastor he was actually born in a church. He likes to play with religious iconography but without eliminating the intention of these profane icons. His research doesn't shy away from secret symbols or the handwriting of pichação (graffiti).
Stephan compositions combine the written word with imagery reminiscent of heraldry, for example, Skulls, daggers, clouds and keys intertwining. The images become, at the same time, pop and architypes. In the illustration, Stephan expertise with images and symbology have yielded him the important Tortoise Illustration prize, in 2006, for the book "Word Gypsy", Publisher Cosac Naify.
Calma is producing a series of three prints exclusively with Choque Cultural