Sunday, 30 October 2011
Brazilian art on a plate...Mateu Velasco
Because I can’t be in Brazil all the time, I always make sure that I have a few contacts over there who keep their eyes open and an ear to the ground for me. In fashion, that’s often my friend and colleague Carol Althaller from WGSN and in youth culture, it tends to be family friend Clarissa Alves. This time, it was Clarissa who delivered the goods, after she had dinner at a restaurant in Santos, where we were both born, and really liked the plates. The restaurant had collaborated with artist Mateu Velasco, who grew up in Rio and specialises in graffiti art.
He’s only 31 and already has worked with the likes of Nike and Converse (via Brazilian fashion chain Farm). I like his work and he is capitalising on a trend in Brazil for graffiti art, led by the brilliant twins Os Gêmeos, who have achieved fame both in Brazil and internationally. I think Mateu has a bright future ahead of him.