Sunday, December 14, 2008
Artist of the Day: Alexandre Orion
Alexandre Orion is a Brazilian graffiti artist and photographer.
He gained attention for his exhibition Metabiotics in 2006, a graffiti/photography project in which he painted graffiti pieces with white and black latex paint and photographed people interacting with them. The exhibit's style, which the San Francisco Chronicle called a "distinctive blend of painting and photography" that looked "nothing like the American conception of graffiti art", interested French and American galleries, gaining him exhibits in Paris, New York, and San Francisco.
In a 2007 reverse graffiti project, he drew a mural of skulls in São Paulo's Max Feffer Tunnel by scouring away parts of the thick layer of soot on the walls; the city later removed the mural by cleaning off the rest of the soot.
Alexandre's work can also be located at alexandreorion.com and 20ltd.com.