Corporate Art Force

Mural Monday: Os Gemeos in Milan


Our highlight for this Monday is Os Gemeos’ latest mural, titled Efêmero. Located in Milan, Os Gemeos created a large-scale mural on the side of  Pirelli HangarBicocca, incorporating one of their signature lanky, yellow characters onto the historic building.

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 Os Gemeos utilized the history of the building for the design of the mural. As a former factory for building locomotives, Pirelli HangarBicocca is now a contemporary art center. Inspired by the original purpose of the building, Os Gemeos took advantage of the preexisting structure of the building to conveniently transform the wall into the back of a train car. The outcome is creative, playful, and creates the illusion of three-dimensional image. Efêmero appears to be in motion, as if it is speeding through the city.

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Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca is a cultural institution devoted to promoting contemporary art through research, experimentation, and exhibition of Italian and international artists. Currently, Pierlli HangarBicocca utilizes only its indoor spaces, Navate and Shed, for its exhibitions but has plans for explansion over the next several years to include a large outdoor space for public art projects. Os Gemeos’ mural is a first step towards its new initiative in public art.

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Os Gemeos

Otavio Pandolfo and Gustavo Pandolfo, identical Brazilian twins, make up Os Gemeos (os gemeos is Portuguese for “the twins”). Born in 1974 in São Paulo, the brothers began experimenting with graffiti in 1987 and evolved to have a recognizably distinct style. Hip hop and American graffiti initially influenced Os Gemeos, both which were introduced to Brazil in the late ’80s. Os Gemeos would later incorporate elements of Brazilian culture into their work, leading to the creation of their unique style that blends urban and traditional influences. One of the most significant artists to influence Os Gemeos was Barry McGee, whom they met on a chance encounter while he was studying abroad in Brazil in 1993. As one of the most respected artists of contemporary urban art, McGee shared photos and techniques of American graffiti with Os Gemeos, leading to a greater evolution of their work Overtime, they would become one of most widely recognized artists in the local underground art scene, aiding to define the characteristic style of Brazil.

Os Gemeos has shown their work across the globe, including Japan, the United States, Chile, Cuba, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Germany, and England.

Os Gemeos mural Milan 2Image Source: Walls of Milano and Andrea Concina via StreetArt News

“We are complementary: one completes the thought of the other all the time. Because our creative process is so natural to us, it’s hard to explain. It feels like there is a thread, always keeping us connected, even when we are far a part. It is an everlasting bond.” Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo