A large-scale mural done by OSGEMEOS. osgemeos mural streetart

OSGEMEOS: Street Art Inspiring the Art and Tattoo Community

The Brazilian twins known collectively as "Os Gemeos" are making their presence known in the art community.

SloppyJoe in Stories

Brazilian twins Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo are known in the street art community as OSGEMEOS. Recognized for their intricate style that is inspired by American hip-hop along with traditional Brazilian artworks, Os Gemeos have made quite a name for themselves across the globe, with their works being showcased across Europe, South America, and the United States.

Joe
From Tattoodo App
OSGEMEOS with one of their works in Italy. italy osgemeos brazil streetart
OSGEMEOS with one of their works in Italy. #italy #osgemeos #brazil #streetart
Joe
From Tattoodo App
Self portrait of OSGEMEOS. osgemeos twins streetart
Self portrait of OSGEMEOS. #osgemeos #twins #streetart

The identical twins first started graffitiing at the ripe age of 13 after a brief stint as breakdancers. Their prime influence when they first started was American hip-hop culture. In their infancy, OSGEMEOS wanted to emulate the early New York-style street art which became popular in the late 1980's. Through their limited exposure to this art medium via films like Beat Street and Style Wars, along with the book Subway Art by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, they began to gain a following amongst the graffiti community in local São Paulo.

From there, the brothers began infusing traditional Brazilian cultural elements into their pieces. Using the environment around them, they were able to gain recognition as some of the more influential artists in their region.

Joe
From Tattoodo App
OSGEMEOS have been inspired by hip-hop and graffiti since their inception. streetart graffiti hiphop osgemeoes
OSGEMEOS have been inspired by hip-hop and graffiti since their inception. #streetart #graffiti #hiphop #osgemeoes

Through a chance meeting with Barry McGee, a street artist known as "Twist," the brothers began to really expand the scope of their work. They shared techniques and experiences, which helped them grow as artists. Not only did this meeting broaden their artistic horizons, it also led to the pair meeting with Allen Benedikt. Benedikt, the founder of 12oz Prophet magazine, interviewed the twins and gave them their first exposure to an audience outside of South America.

Through this exposure, the duo began to bring their works to other continents and have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the globe. Their works have been seen in Cuba, Chile, United States, Italy, Spain, England, Germany, Lithuania, and Japan - to name a few.

Joe
From Tattoodo App
A large-scale mural done by OSGEMEOS. osgemeos mural streetart
A large-scale mural done by OSGEMEOS. #osgemeos #mural #streetart

Recent from Stories

Of course, this wouldn't be a Tattoodo post without mentioning that their art has become an influence on the tattoo community as well. Their arts have been recreated and used as an influence for many who choose to have the art of OSGEMEOS adorn their body for the long haul. Their style of art lends itself well to the human form and will certainly continue to have an impact on those who are familiar with their work.

Joe
From Tattoodo App
OSGEMEOS-inspired tattoo. osgemeos brazilian twins
OSGEMEOS-inspired tattoo. #osgemeos #brazilian #twins
Joe
From Tattoodo App
Calf tattoo inspired by street artists OSGEMEOS. osgemeos calftattoo brazilian streetart
Calf tattoo inspired by street artists OSGEMEOS. #osgemeos #calftattoo #brazilian #streetart

According to OSGEMEOS, art exceeds the visual, it penetrates the imagination, heightens the senses, and explores the subconscious. Many of their exhibitions are an immersive experience that leaves its audience's minds broadened and deepens their understanding of art as a medium that can be visual, audial, and touching.

Joe
From Tattoodo App
OSGEMEOS painting a plane for Gol Airlines during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. osgemeos plane mural streetart golairlines worldcup2014 brazil
OSGEMEOS painting a plane for Gol Airlines during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. #osgemeos #plane #mural #streetart #golairlines #worldcup2014 #brazil
Joe
From Tattoodo App
Completed plane done by OSGEMEOS for Gol Airlines during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. osgemeos plane mural streetart golairlines worldcup2014 brazil
Completed plane done by OSGEMEOS for Gol Airlines during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. #osgemeos #plane #mural #streetart #golairlines #worldcup2014 #brazil

Their newest solo exhibition is no different - "Silence of the Music". Taking place at the Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York, the brothers have engineered an artistic playground for their audience to take part in. It draws inspiration from their early influences like hip-hop and b-boy culture, while commenting on broader issues that face our society today.

Tattoodo
From Tattoodo App
Preview of artwork from OSGEMEOS' Lehmann Maupin exhibition. nyc osgemeos silenceofthemusic newyorkcity gallery lehmannmaupin streetart
Preview of artwork from OSGEMEOS' Lehmann Maupin exhibition. #nyc #osgemeos #silenceofthemusic #newyorkcity #gallery #lehmannmaupin #streetart

The exhibition takes place September 8 - October 22, 2016 at the Lehmann Maupin gallery at 536 W 22nd Street. 

Visit OSGEMEOS' website, follow their Instagram and like their Facebook page to receive any and all updates on this artistic duo.

SloppyJoe

@Joe

I'm Joe. I'm a comedian and writer from Baltimore.

Follow

More from Author

We Recommend

Recent Staff Picks