“The work of Boa Mistura is all about the love of graffiti, colour and life. This group of five Spanish artists is, as the name says, a good mixture. Arkoh, Derko, Pahg, Purone and Rdick have developed their work in different fields, applying both a diversity of styles and the different views of each member. From graffiti and mural painting, to graphic design and illustration, Boa Mistura want to give the world its colour back. 5 heads, 10 hands, just one heart.”
Their latest work, “Luz nas Vielas,” is in the São Paulo favela of Brasilândia. The artists painted the walls with bright colours, and used a visual trick similar to that of Julian Beever so the words appear to float when viewed from a certain angle. With words like “amor” and “firmeza” (love and stability), the project is in line with the group’s mission.
I’m sure the kids who joined in felt a real sense of ownership afterward. Maybe the colours will help with wayfinding, too.