(this page was last updated in July 2016)
São Paulo, Brazil, 1971
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
Represented by Zipper Galeria.
PIPA 2014 nominee.
Zezão (José Augusto Amaro Capela), began his quest to conquer the underworld with graffiti in São Paulo in the 90s. Inspired and motivated by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art, Zezão believed in his right to depart from the well-trodden paths with his art and to explore new avenues. He worked in sewage systems, in drains, in the rubble of abandoned ruined buildings, in dilapidated blind alleys and dark spaces below viaducts, and so drew attention to a cityscape whose existence many people could barely credit.
He has exhibited numerous times in his home country, Brazil, mainly in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. His graffiti also adorn walls, sewerage systems and viaducts around the world. Places in which he has exhibited in the past include Brighton, Florence, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Prague and Wuppertal.
Video produced by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2014.
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