Claudio Ethos

São Paulo / Brazil

Claudio Ethos aka Claudio Rafael is a Brazilian mural artist born in 1982 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, city where he still lives. Ethos has been interested in graffiti since the 90’s. He was surrounded by Pixacao 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. 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. […]

Biography / Claudio Ethos

Claudio Ethos aka Claudio Rafael is a Brazilian mural artist born in 1982 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, city where he still lives. Ethos has been interested in graffiti since the 90’s. He was surrounded by Pixacao 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. 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.

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.

Ethos had already several solo exhibitions showed in Italy, France, Netherlands, Austria, The States, Paraguay and Germany and painted many murals around the world.