Via large-scale installations, paintings and drawings, I create dynamic architectural landscapes that are inspired by the sprawling, decaying and massive uncontrolled urbanization of the shantytown communities throughout my native country Brazil.
In my imagery and three-dimensional work, I create fantastic worlds in which colors, forms and elements of fantasy all meld together. My work depicts the speed of global cities and overly populated urban environments which I seek to convey by layering abstract and figurative images of winding streets, stairways, network of lights, overhead lines, intense color and infinite energy. I juxtapose my observations about the emergence and co-existence of sub-cultural communities, urban decay, consumerism and drug trafficking issues by embedding personal and found photographs that inhabit the spaces and are manipulated in a way that obscures the particular identities of the figures.
Simple materials, ranging from foam and wire to shoe boxes and paint, are used to convey the urgency and energy of building community with what is at hand. In these inner cities I create, there a sense of vastness of the communities that look out from thousands of windows everyday, while raising the question of whether the condition of poverty will also be infinite.