The Unidentified Graffiti Artists of Sao Paulo turn bleak vistas into psychedelic visions.
September 12, 2011
Life in the Vila Flavia favela of Sao Paulo, Brazil, can be seen as a bleak procession of barren vistas leading to a grim horizon of depression and death. But then there are the vivid and vibrant murals sprayed around town by the neighborhood’s OPNI, a Portuguese acronym that means Unidentified Graffiti Artists.
Since 1997, OPNI have been transforming slum walls into an open-air gallery celebrating the multi-chromatic carnival that is day-to-day existence as the flavela residents live it and dream it.