The Americas

Os Gêmeos

Born 1974, Brazil

Os Gemeos are two artists from São Paulo, Brazil. They are identical twin brothers, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, and their name translates to “the twins” in Portuguese. Os Gemeos initially gained international notoriety for their unique works created on the streets of Sao Paulo. Today their work can be seen in many museums and biennales around the world as well as on the streets of their neighbourhood, Cambuci, in São Paulo.

Working together since 1987, they initially created almost exclusively large graffiti murals but then moved on to create smaller, site-specific installations both indoors and out, paintings and sculptures. Os Gemeos have exhibited their work internationally including exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Cuba, and throughout Europe as well as numerous exhibitions in Sao Paulo and Latin America.

Their dreamlike storybook imagery ranges in subject from family portraits to social and political commentary, and ranges in emotion from pure happiness to melancholy. Across their work they often use a distinctive bright yellow which Gustavo Pandolfo explains ‘When we dream, everything we dream has yellow tones, this is something of ours, myself and my brother. We use it in our painting. We can’t use another colour. We have to use yellow.’


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