Claudio Ethos is a Brazilian mural artist also known for his amazing skills with the ballpoint pen. His work is often twisted manipulation of images and landscapes with abstract tendencies that explore the more spiritual side of the artistic process.
Ethos was born by the name Claudio Rafael in 1982 in Sao Paulo, Brazil – and he was one of the 14 brothers. Although he studied for 2 years at a college for visual arts, Claudio never finished the course because he found it so boring that he left a formal education to simply work on art he deemed exciting.
Ethos has been interested in graffiti since the 90’s. He was surrounded by Pichacao (the Sao Paolo tag hand style) and began spray painting around the age of 15, at the end of the 90’s in a small town in Sao Paolo, called Birigui. His style is so unique that one can easily distinguish it at a glance. His murals were the reason why many of the traditional contemporary artists took a second look at street art. By using a minimal color palette – he creates these large scale surreal murals that have not only conquered his country, which is filled with many known street artistic figures, but Claudio has also captured the eyes of many around the world.
As he likes to say, his characters try to depict emotional and spiritual states because there are no accurate definitions for so many of these sensations – they just appear and he just tries to translate these things that are captured only by intuition.
His technique first involves working in sketch books and on canvases with a ballpoint pen, just to translate those meticulous drawings onto the concrete for all to see. By mapping narratives, Ethos depicts characters found all over the city; they are often anxious, struggling through a cramped, concrete megalopolis, but persevering nevertheless. It is obvious that his inspiration is rooted in the streets and generated from experience, dreams, and memory.
Ethos was highly influenced by the well-known writers on the Brazilian scene: Os Gemeos, Vitche, Onesto, Herbert Baglione… But, his style has taken its own highly unique state and individual genesis.
He prefers to work with dimensions closer to three meters and feels that producing art for galleries is an entirely different type of communication, and feels as if he is very young to the gallery scene. Ethos has had five solo exhibitions to date, yet still feels as if he is somewhat restricted by the space of a gallery and he is very shy about the fact that he has exhibited in Italy, France, Netherlands, Austria, The States and Paraguay.
Claudio Ethos currently lives between Sao Paolo and LA.
|2013||Tour Paris 13||Galerie Itinerrance, Paris||Group|
|2013||Intuitions sur le Hasard||Galerie Itinerrance, Paris||Solo|
|2013||Mural Project||Scultura viva, Italy||Group|
|2013||Nostalgia||19 Karen gallery, Gold Coast, Australia||Solo|
|2012||Urban Narrative||101 Exhibit - Miami, Miami, FL||Group|
|2012||All you can paint festival||Freiraumgalerie, Halle, Saale||Group|
|2012||Group Show, Annual Group Show - 04||101 Exhibit - Miami, Miami, FL||Group|
|2012||Maoyan Ethos||Art & Public, Geneva||Group|
|2012||Mural Ist. festival||Istanbul, Turkey||Group|
|2012||A.Y.P.C. Mural Festival||Halle, Germany||Group|
|2012||Oslo Mural Festival||Oslo- Norway||Group|
|2012||Street Art Communication||Kosice, Slovakia.||Group|
|2012||Komafest Mural Festival||Vardo, Norway||Group|
|2012||Castro Mural Show||Tel Aviv, Israel||Group|
|2012||Feria del Libro de Bogota||Colombia||Group|
|2011||Late To Dinner||Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, CA||Group|
|2011||Cityleaks - Urban Art Festival||Urban Art Festival, Cologne||Group|
|2011||hendrik beikirch + claudio ethos - BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY||101 Exhibit - Miami, Miami, FL||Duo|
|2011||Art Paris||Galerie Adler, Paris||Group|
|2011||Between Day and Night||Miami, U.S.A.||Group|
|2011||R.UA. Mural Festival||Amsterdam, Neatherlands||Group|
|2011||Vox Humana.Mural festival||Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.||Group|
|2010||Ur Brazil||Galerie Adler, Paris||Group|
|2010||GROUP SHOW||101 Exhibit - Miami, Miami, FL||Group|
|2010||Mural project||Inoperable gallery mural.Vienna Austria||Solo|
|2010||RE-creation||Mural show, New York. NY, U.S.A.||Group|
|2010||STROKE ARTFAIR||Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2010||HOUSE DIMENSIONS||Miami Art Basel, U.S.A.||Solo|
|2010||STROKE ARTFAIR||Munich, Germany||Group|
|2009||Claudio Ethos: ETHOS||101 Exhibit - Miami, Miami, FL||Solo|
|2009||Concreto||Christopher Henry Gallery, New York City, NY||Solo|
|2009||OBJECTS: Mixed Media||101 Exhibit - Miami, Miami, FL||Group|
|2008||Insomnia||111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2008||FACE FORWARD||LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York City, NY||Group|
|2008||Fame Festival||Galeria Temporanea, STUDIOCROMIE, Grottaglie, Italy||Group|
|2008||Transicao||Galeria Temporanea, STUDIOCROMIE, Grottaglie, Italy||Solo|
|2007||Dozza Murales Festival||Italy||Group|
|2007||Spina Festival Art and Culture||Dozza City, Italy||Group|
|2006||North Fair||Art Museum, Londrina||Solo|
|2006||Desenhos||Cultural Center Cristina, Calixto, Birigui||Group|
|2006||Untitled||Cultural Center Cristina, Calixto, Birigui||Solo|