If Paris street art were able to make noise, it would most certainly yelp at the addition of Claudio Ethos’ artwork. The mural is still among the finest pieces of street art to be seen in Paris, despite being painted some time ago with production assistance courtesy of Galerie Itinerrance.
Claudio Ethos’ street art in the background, located on Boulevard Masséna in Paris 13th arrondissement
Ethos hails from São Paulo, which has an estimated population of 21.5m living in its 31 recognised boroughs and outlying areas, and diverse ethnic mix with roots in Africa, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Spain, Germany, Russia, and Latin America. These factors provide the conscious and unconscious backbone of Ethos’ art work.
As walls of this concrete jungle megalopolis are blanketed with images and the unique Brazilian graffiti calligraphy, pixação, the government unsuccessfully attempts to keep things under control. However, there has been success in controlling some external media: São Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab created the Cidade Limpa (“clean city”) law, which prohibits or restricts all forms of external media i.e. advertising, within the city’s limits.
Ethos was born in São Paulo in 1982 and currently lives in the city of Birigüi, which is located in the interior of the São Paulo state. He began putting up work with spray paint and ballpoint pen when he was 15, which still serve as his primary tools. Os Gemeos, Vitche, Onesto, and Herbert Baglione influence Ethos, yet he has forged a path with his own unique style.
São Paolo is rich in stencil art, and the large pixação crews, each with their own signatures, tend to dominate the urban landscape. Claudio Ethos’ murals are also prominent, and more recognisable as his style is “niche.” His large-scale outdoor murals are less impulsive than many others–conversions of his ballpoint pen drawings–usually from 8.5” x 11” or smaller from paper to concrete. The level of detail in his portraiture is a spectacle. The artist replicates the fine details of his ink and pencil drawings to scale on walls with spraypaint, which has become his signature.
This article uses citations from an article at Juxtapoz.com: “Exclusive Feature on Claudio Ethos” by Gabe Scott http://www.juxtapoz.com/Features/exclusive-feature-on-claudio-ethos