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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.