Choque Cultural News
Cidade Cinza, (Grey City) is a much acclaimed film about the Brazilian street art scene which came out last year and was available on itunes for free but only in Brazil. The city in question is Sao Paulo where many of the artists on this site are based which is without doubt the graffiti capital of Brazil.
The film has a fantastic sound track too so well worth tracking down now on itunes...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Thanks to a Brazilian art enthusiast Kevin Goodhall a selection of Choque Cultural's prints have gone on display in Morecambe Bay in Lancashire. Set in a dry bar / art space the prints have been enjoyed by the locals for a few months now. A highlight of the exhibition was when the place was filled to capacity one night for a performance with 12 ukelele's!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
I’m pleased to announced a project we’ve been working on alongside Rich Mix Cultural Foundation on Bethnal Green Rd in East London, Brazilian record label Mais Um Discos, Latin music promoters Movimientos and Coletivo Rua in Brazil.
Joga Bola! is a festival of Brazilian Music, Cinema, Theatre and Street Art that will run alongside the World Cup. My involvement so far has been in curating and inviting street artists from Brazil, who will be painting a mural, installation a two month long exhibition and giving workshops in stencil art and screenprinting.
Artists include two artist's associated with Choque Cultural -Daniel Melim and SHN who as well as being great friends are producing fantastic work and I’m sure will make a great impact at Joga Bola.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
We are pleased to announce the arrival of some gorgeous prints by new artist Flavio Morais.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Flavio moved to London in the late 70’s where he studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He lived and worked in Barcelona during the 80’s, returning to Brazil in 1994.
Flavio now lives and works in Barcelona for clients throughout Europe, Mexico and the USA. A highly sought after mural-artist his work can be found in a multitude of bars and restaurants around Barcelona.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I’m taking part in this talk soon on 11th July 2013 - looking forward to finally meeting Derlon, although I’ve been following his career this will be a first meeting!
The Embassy of Brazil in London, in collaboration with Instituto BR, proudly presents a round table discussion on Manguetown Grafitti & Brazilian Street Art. The panellists, Derlon de Almeida and Tristan Manco, will discuss Derlon´s creative process and unique style; contemporary urban art in Brazil and its ever evolving format: from marginalized grafitti to an admired and established form of expression that mixes popular culture and social awareness as well as its relevance within a worldwide street art context.
Derlon de Almeida is one of the most important names in Brazilian urban art, a self-taught artist whose artistic language includes a mix of street art, Brazilian popular culture, wood cuts (xylography) and pop art. A household name in Recife – aka Manguetown – Derlon made the city his canvas and his creations can be found on walls and buildings in Brazil and abroad with individual exhibitions and commissions in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon and Amsterdam. Derlon was recently featured in the BBC 1 series Brazil with Michael Palin. Derlon’s first UK solo show From Manguetown: The Urban Art of Derlon opens on 17 July at Shoreditch´s gallery 71A. He will also be participating at Vamos! Festival in Newcastle.
Monday, July 8, 2013
In association with Wahaca it was a pleasure to invite Choque Cultural artist Daniel Melim to paint a number of murals at two of their sites, one at their newest restaurant in Islington and the second at the fanastic river side setting of London's Southbank Centre
Daniel Melim is an artist based in São Bernardo do Campo in the south of São Paulo. He principally uses stencils to create his colourful work, which he applies in a highly original way – by accentuating imperfections such as paint drips or using the same mask twice giving the idea of a printing error. In this way his work is a build up of textural and collagic layers.
In Melim’s artwork and outlook there is a component of social activism. As the son of a teacher, his own fine art education led him to become an art teacher himself for four years. In 2006 he was drawn to volunteer and community work, setting up art workshops for community teens in the Ferrazopolis slum. This work continues and has resulted in huge site-specific projects. Melim’s studio-based paintings and installations have been exhibited at MASP and Afro-Brasil Museum, both in São Paulo as well the Valencia Biennale in Spain. His workshop project Casa da Cultura continues and is funded by artist’s volunteering and sponsorship including some donations from the UK based ABC Trust.
Melim’s work created for Wahaca’s outside spaces was in response the Southbank’s Festival of Neighbourhood season. IN his words “My idea is to create different pictorial planes through the vertical bands, composing distinct colours side by side, as part of the work, creating a contrast and yet a harmony between the different parts. Along with the Latin culture of the communities and all the richness of colours and textures inspired by this culture.”
Saturday, June 8, 2013
We're pleased to announce the addition of Selon to the site with a number of his limited edition prints.
Santhiago Selon is a young artist based in Goiania, Brazil. His work was recently featured on the cover of the new book "Nuevo Mundo" which documents the rising stars emerging from the Latin American graffiti scene. Santhiago primarily paints in urban situations since his main theme is the city - its movement, colour and architecture. "Interventions" he says "are special too, as each place has its own characteristics." He is also becoming recognised for his studio output on canvas and more recently his self-produced silk screen prints.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
If you're in Sao Paulo this July until the beginning of August there are many print workshops taking place with Choque Cultural's Education Institute initiative.
Artists such as Samuel Casal, Speto and SHN will be demonstrating and leading workshops in woodcuts, silk screen printing, sticker printing and book-making.
There is even a workshop on urban engraving...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
We've added a new artist to our roster and a new print. Barnaby Ward is based in Barbados and his beautiful new print is called 'Takaashigani' meaning Japanese Spider Crab.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Probably one of the most special prints Choque has produced in a long time is the new Ceus Abertos (Open Heavens) created by Calma. First silkcreened in two colours by Estúdio Elástico this limited edition print was then overprinted by Gráfica Fidalga famous woodtype print studio. Its a large scale print with a beautiful hand-printed quality.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Choque Cultural just got back from Basel, where they took part in a project hosted by the Brasilea Foundation. The show runs through to March 10th. Image features SHN with Carlos Dias, Daniel Melim, Presto and Zezão also traveling out there to create works.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Choque cultural presents "The Occupation' - an installation of paintings by the extremely talented Daniel Melim.
For more information about the artist - check this page
From 22nd May at 994 Rua Joao Moura, Sao Paulo
Saturday, May 22, 2010
One of my favourite Brazilian artists has a solo show at Choque Cultural's Rua Moura space.... I wish I could be there, but I'm sure its going to be fantastic. I'm featuring Ramon in my next new book being released in September - he's an exceptional talent who I have been following with pleasure for many years...
opening Saturday 24th April 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Choque Cultural presents a much anticipated solo show of Calma aka Stephan Doitschinoff at the new Acervo Choque space. Opens 10th April until 3rd May.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Choque Cultural do not represent Os Gemeos in any way but we are big fans. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal about Os Gemeos and Sao Paulo's graffiti culture features a few words from Baixo Ribero director of Choque Cultural...
"The Pandolfos (Os Gemeos) have been deeply influential, working with younger artists and developing what could be called a São Paulo school of street art, says Baixo Ribeiro, curator of a recent street-art exhibition at the São Paulo Art Museum. "They instilled a philosophy that this was art, not just fun," he says.
More of the article here..
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
For months Choque Cultural gallery have been preparing for an important show which they were asked to curate at MASP – The Musuem of Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo. The result are spectacular from some of my favourite artists such as Carlos Dias, Ramon Martins, Zezao and Titifreak. Opens November 19th for three months.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Since January's Creative Review magazine write up, artists have been lining up to work with Grafica Fidalga (our friendly Woodtype printers). Especially if an artist is visiting Sao Paulo and Choque Cultural Gallery. Sheffield's Kid Acne produced two great prints using Woodtype text to say "Melhor Que Nada" - better than nothing and "Já vi pior" - I've seen better. On top of the type are then printed two of Acne's famous warrior girl characters in four screenprinted colours.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This September we have three fantastic new shows from MZK, Rubens Matuck and Nove. Nove's work being a particular favourite of mine.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
New show at Choque Cultural one of our most exciting to date, features artists all over the world with one theme - Calligraphy...
ANDREA BRANCO (São Paulo)
BILLY ARGEL (São Paulo)
BINHO (São Paulo)
BRUCE BISHOP (Los Angeles)
BUIA (São Paulo)
CHIVITZ (São Paulo)
CLAUDIO GIL (Rio de Janeiro)
CRAIG “KR” COSTELLO (New York)
DIMITRY OSKES (Russia)
DIONR (São Paulo/Porto Alegre)
DOES (Santo André)
FEFE TALAVERA (São Paulo / Madrid)
IVAN (São Paulo/Hungria)
JORGE GALVÃO (Curitiba)
JUN MATSUI (São Paulo/Japão)
LUCA BARCELLONA (Milão)
MAGOO FELIX (São Paulo)
MARKONE (São Paulo)
NOVE (São Paulo)
PEDRO INOUE (São Paulo)
PIFO (São Paulo/Tókio)
PINGARILHO (Porto Alegre)
PRESTO (São Paulo)
HONZA (Praga/Republica Checa)
RUBENS MATUCK (São Paulo)
STEPHAN DOISTCHINOFF (São Paulo)
TONY DEMARCO (São Paulo)
TRAMPO (Porto Alegre)
TRISTAN EATON (New York)
WHIP (São Paulo)
Some amazing original pieces available.
Friday, May 1, 2009
The ABC Trust presents A Força da Rua (Force of the Street), an exclusive contemporary street art project bringing together 12 of the finest artists from Brazil and the UK, including Titifreak, Inkie, Speto and Tinho, who have each created a unique piece of art that will help raise funds and awareness for Brazil’s most vulnerable children.
Choque Cultural has collaborated with ABC to coordinate and support this project.
With exclusive prints available here..
Thursday, April 23, 2009