Presto is an emerging street art and studio artist from Brazil. The artist has been painting on the street since 1996 and in time has developed his unique visual language and an array of unusual characters that has become the base of his recognizable style. Presto often adds color to old wood or rusted materials to highlight the contrast between these deteriorating materials and his vivid characters that are always fresh and full of life. But he also creates prints and spray paint and aerosol on canvas artworks that have fund their way to numerous private collections around the globe.
Presto was born in 1976 in São Paulo in Brazil. The artist has been attracted to art since his early childhood especially in comics book art which he collected at the time. In the early 1990s, murals and graffiti that flourished on the facades in his hometown captured the young artist’s attention and determined his future calling. In 1996 the artist began creating his imaginative, narrative and character-based artworks on a variety of surfaces all over the globe to the joy or street art lover and enthusiasts. His connection to the world of street art was further developed during his education at Carlos de Campos school, that represents the home of many prominent street artists from Brazil like Alex Hornest (Onesto), Speto, and Os Gemeos to name a few.
In time, the artist improved his skills and added new elements and techniques to his intricate works. By employing an array of vivid colors the artist creates a world of his own full of cartoon-like characters and interesting scenarios. These wide-eyed a pointy nose characters slightly reminiscent of snowmen are experiencing an array of positive emotions including joy, excitement, amusement, and confidence. Presto’s complex murals move carelessly between colors, to simultaneously create harmony and shock within the viewers that can become overwhelmed with the amount of details presented in his works.
The artist is equally busy in the studio as he is on the streets and throughout the years he has created an abundance of canvas works and prints featuring his recognizable subjects. The artist uses spray paint and acrylic on canvas colors to set his characters indoors thus creating the artworks that retain the connection to the streets. His intriguing subject and a unique visual language encourage the viewers to explore the different possibilities of life and transports them into a new dimension where essence, thought, and matter are indistinguishable.
The artist is represented by Vertical Gallery.
Featured image : Presto – Untitled
Images courtesy of the artist and Vertical Gallery
|2016||Holiday Group Show||Vertical Gallery, Chicago,US||Group|
|2015||Mural for “Graffiterritórios ZN”||SESC Santana, SP||Group|
|2015||Two Year Anniversary Group Show||Vertical Gallery, Chicago, US||Group|
|2014||Mural at Contempo Gallery||São Paulo,Brazil||Group|
|2013||Mural at Cinemateca Brasileira||São Paulo, Brazil||Group|
|2013||Expo Graffiti Fine Arts||Los Angeles, CA.||Group|
|2013||Projeto Ponte||SP JDN ‒Banco do Nordeste Cultural Center, Juazeiro do Norte ‒ CE.||Group|
|2012||Mural at Embassy of Brazil||Tokyo, Japan||Group|
|2012||Mural “Projeto Parede – Verão de Arte Contemporânea” at SESC Palladium||Belo Horizonte||Group|
|2012||Expo “Ocupação”||Manabu Mabe at Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo, Japan||Solo|
|2011||Expo “About Change” – World Bank Art Program||Washington, D.C.||Group|
|2011||MAAU: Museu Aberto de Arte Urbana||São Paulo||Group|
|2011||Expo “Streetart e Graffiti de São Paulo”||BRASILEA Foundation ‒ Basel, Switzeland||Group|
|2010||Mural at UNIBES||São Paulo||Group|
|2010||Expo “Two Way Street”||Jonathan Levine Gallery , NY||Group|
|2010||Bienal Internacional de Graffiti||MUBE, São Paulo||Group|
|2010||Expo “ Culture Shok”||Pure Evil Gallery ‒ London,UK||Group|
|2010||Expo “Fora de Série”||galeria CHOQUE CULTURAL São Paulo||Solo|
|2009||Expo “Go Get Your Shine Shoe Box”||Brookylinite Gallery, NY||Group|
|2009||Mural at UNIBES||São Paulo||Group|
|2009||Expo Coletiva Choque||Galeria Choque Cultural, São Paulo||Group|
|2009||Expo “Caligrafias”||Galeria Choque Cultural São Paulo||Group|
|2009||Expo “Graffiti Fine Arts”||MuBE – Museu Brasileiro de Escultura São Paulo||Group|
|2008||Expo “This is China”||Red Star Press Gallery ‒ Seattle, WA||Group|
|2007||Expo “Mácula”||galeria CHOQUE CULTURAL São Paulo||Solo|
|2007||Expo “Sneackers BR”||Nike Air Force 1-Studio, São Paulo||Group|
|2005||Expo 100 latas||Graffiteria São Paulo||Group|