Rodrigo Branco

Brazilian artist Rodrigo Branco began his career in the urban art scene of São Paulo. When he was a small child, he had a severe vision impairment that was left untreated for years. Later in life, he had his visual impairment corrected, but still vividly remembered the faces from his childhood - particularly the distorted, colorful faces of the circus performers that passed through his home town. It was during his teens that he discovered the world of graffiti. He began painting murals on the streets of São Paulo portraying strange clownish, and emotional faces that reflect his childhood visions.

Since he started traveling the world and became familiar with other cultures his portraits have changed, creating new identities and representing a more global people. His work has grown more abstract with age, almost like an overlap of all his previous portraits in the same space.