Despite currently being one of the headline artists at the massive ART RUA event in Rio de Janeiro, the Sao Paulo street artist Rodrigo Branco is also set for his first U.K solo show tomorrow at the Ben Oakley Gallery in London. Rodrigo Branco is one of my favourites, and his work transfers easily into galleries. According to the Ben Oakley Gallery, Rodrigo Branco has produced the series of paintings especially for the exhibition, so these will not be previously exhibited pieces.
His work is described as follows by the Ben Oakley Gallery:
“Brancos paintings on the street are dominated by huge vibrant portraits, abstracted with bold strokes and marks, some covering entire building facades. These huge portrait works on the street are full of character colour and depth. Each painting is made up of multiple layers which are often over painted in sections to convey the right emotion and finish. High up on the sides of buildings they stare across towns and streets bringing a smile to the viewer with the clever use of colour and intense expression. The Exhibition canvas work incorporates the same strong feeling but Branco allows himself more time for detail which really brings the paintings to life. The Water Melon is often seen in Rodrigos work which is a nod to his grandparents who still run a Melon Farm in Sao Paulo Brazil where he also lives.”
WHERE: Ben Oakley Gallery, 9 Turnpin Lane, Greenwich Market London SE10 9JA. (A two-minute walk from Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR Station)
WHEN: Private View 12th September 2014 6:30PM-9:30PM, Exhibition runs from 12th to 28th of September. Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 6pm. Monday – Wednesday by appointment.