Data + Design Project

Brilliant Brazilian Ad Campaign Features Legendary Artists on the Dissecting Board

Monday 03.03.2014 , Posted by
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Art is an expression of what’s on the inside and now we can see what it was that gave Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh their signature styles. In an ad campaign for MASP Art School in Sao Paolo, Brazilian advertising agency DDB puts famous artists on the dissecting board to show how their insides are different from ours. Each artist’s internal organs are presented as he might have painted them. My imagination is running rampant with all of the possibilities for a continuation of this series. [Read more...]


Super-Sized Characters on the Streets of Sao Paolo

Thursday 10.10.2013 , Posted by


Street artist TEC, an Argentinian who recently made the move from Buenos Aires to São Paulo has been busy sprucing up the local roads. With TEC in town, all of a sudden various large street paintings have appeared on the asphalt in the largest city of Brazil. Equipping himself with a paint roller, he works mostly at night, painting enormous creatures that appear to be moving through the urban streets. Like the Nazca Lines of Peru, the paintings are best enjoyed from above. [Read more...]


Intertwined Scrap Wood Becomes Tree Columns

Thursday 07.25.2013 , Posted by

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Sao Paulo artist Henrique Oliveira makes fierce installation art using scrap wood from the streets of Brazil. At first he would take peeling pieces from the plywood barriers around the city, with weather damage that were falling apart, using them as canvas for paintings, but soon he realized that the flexible nature of the medium could be used to make unimaginable installations. He begins with a plywood skeleton (which he buys) and then uses his salvaged plywood to give texture and color to the structure. For his latest installation in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Oliveira made it seem as if the columns of the building were growing intertwined tree roots. [Read more...]


Up In Smoke: Exhaled Smoke Art

Monday 11.12.2012 , Posted by

Many artists use marijuana to get the creative juices flowing while making art, but Brazilian Artist Fernando De La Rocque literally uses it in his creations. By blowing cannabis smoke onto precut stencils, the artist makes sepia images of religious and political icons. With his controversial work, De La Rocque shares his opinion that the substance should be decriminalized, stating, “more important than freedom to smoke marijuana is the freedom to think about it and make art with it.” [Read more...]


Visual Bits #240 > All Around the World

Thursday 07.26.2012 , Posted by

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Glowing Fish Made of Plastic Bottles

Monday 07.09.2012 , Posted by

Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been taken over by two huge fish leaping from the sand and entertaining beach goers with their nightly illumination and unique construction. Each fish was built using hundreds of recycled plastic bottles to bring attention to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio+20. [Read more...]


3D Currency Collages Made From a World of Money

Wednesday 06.13.2012 , Posted by

We’ve seen money collages and sculptures plenty of times, from the politically charged works of Chad Person to the 3D carvings of Scott Campbell. One major thing is different about these works however: these are made from different currencies sourced from countries around the world. The effect is quite striking and beautiful, because unlike the monochromatic U.S. currency used in the aforementioned works, these are multi-colored with designs unfamiliar to many eyes. Through their multi-cultural paper source, these works seem to bring forth a message of unity, collaboration and harmony in the world… and the gracefully composed designs send exactly the same message. [Read more...]


Projecto Olimpico: An Olympic Poster Series for Brazil

Tuesday 06.12.2012 , Posted by

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London, England, from 27th of July to the 12th of August. To commemorate this event, the Brazilian daily newspaper O Estado De S. Paulo enlisted the talents of graphic designer Emma Butler to create a series of posters to feature each of the sports Brazil will be competing in at the 2012 Olympics. [Read more...]


The Lost Art of Brazilian Photograph Painting

Thursday 05.10.2012 , Posted by

Throughout the late 19th century up until the 1990s, these captivating and strangely painted portraits (retratos pintados) were a common practice in rural northeastern Brazil. Family portraits were retouched with a heavy hand, painting over the original image with bold brush strokes which transformed family members into the rich, healthy and beautiful… even the dead ones. [Read more...]


Taking the Barrios to the Galleries: Henrique Oliveira

Thursday 05.03.2012 , Posted by


Hailing from Sao Paulo, Henrique Oliveira makes wild installation art using materials from the streets of Brazil. Initially he would take pealing pieces from the plywood barriers around the city, falling apart and changing color in the weather. He used the pieces as canvas for his paintings, but later realized that the flexible nature of the medium could be used to make incredible installations. He starts with a skeleton of purchased plywood, and then uses the pieces of plywood that he finds to give texture and color to the structure. [Read more...]

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