On Monday September 3rd, 2007 Patricia Armocida’s Art Gallery opened in Via Bazzini #17, Milan in the Piola neighbourhood. Galleria Patricia Armocida, which is named after its young owner, would be dedicated to contemporary art. The new exhibition space was inaugurated with works by the Brazilian artists, Os Gemeos, exhibiting in Italy for the first time.
Galleria Patricia Armocida stemmed from the need for a specific place to accommodate the uprising of the independent underground art scene. The aim of the gallery was to promote the new generation of protagonists in this art scene, from Italy and worldwide. The gallery would have been a reference point for artists who have deeply influenced contemporary visual culture by working outside of conventional circuits and establishing a continuous dialogue with the rhythms of the urban environment.
For the gallery’s first exhibition, Patricia Armocida invited the identical twin brothers, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo (1974, São Paulo Brazil), AKA Os Gemeos, which means “the twins” in Portuguese, to display their works from September 3 - November 3, 2007. In addition to painting large murals in cities and in galleries/museums worldwide, Os Gemeos also created canvas paintings, sculptures, and site-specific mechanical and interactive installations.
In this show called Assum Preto (Blue-Black Grassquit), Os Gemeos exhibited six previously unreleased canvases and one installation, in addition to new works performed inside of Galleria Patricia Armocida
Love for drawing, attention to details, absolute mastery of color; these are few of the distinctive traits of Os Gemeos, deeply influenced by Brazilian popular culture and the urban environment. Their yellow-faced characters are an unmistakable trait of their imaginative creativity, thin spray-paint lines allow them to create an extremely refined and precise linearism, enhanced by outstanding decorative taste. Their subjects, both realistic and imaginary, seem to originate from the harsh reality of the Brazilian streets, while at the same time they are inspired by a dreamlike world.
Hailing from the street culture of São Paulo, Os Gemeos’ works gained international recognition and have been exhibited in prestigious cultural events, such as the Bienal de São Paulo in 2001, Cuba’s Havana Biennial in 2006, and in museums worldwide such as: Vertigo, Brazilian Art Museum (MAB-FAAP), São Paulo, Brazil, 2009; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009; When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, 2009; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil, 2008; Street Art, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2008; Salon National Des Beaux-Arts, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France, 2008; As Flores deste Jardim meus Avós Plantaram, Museum Het Domein Sittard, Sittard, Netherlands, 2007.
Some recent solo exhibitions: A Opera da lua, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, 2014; ICA - The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2012; Miss You, PRISM, Los Angeles, 2012; Fermata, Museu Vale, Espírito Santo, Brasil, 2011; Vertigem, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, 2010; Nos Braços de um Anjo, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, 2010; Pra quem mora lá, o céu é lá, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisboa, 2010; Vertigem, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 2009; MAB FAAP - Museu de Arte Brasileira, São Paulo, 2009; Vertigem, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, 2008;Too Far Too Close, Deitch Project Gallery, New York, USA, 2008; Sonhei que tinha sonhando, Galeria Pilar Parra e Romero, Madrid, Spain, 2008; Assum Preto, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy, 2007; O peixe que comia estrelas cadentes, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil; 2006.
Their artworks have been included in numerous group exhibitions such as: Gigantes por su propria naturaleza, Institut Valéncia d’Art Modern, Valencia, 2011; Art in the Streets, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2011; Personagens e fronteiras: Território Cenográfico Brasileiro, FUNARTE, São Paulo, 2011; Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury, 2011; MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda de Lisboa, Lisboa, 2011; Prague Quadrennial, Prague, 2011; Kaunas Biennal TEXTILLE 11 – REWIND-PLAY-FORWARD, Kaunas Arte Biennial, Kaunas, 2011; Come As You Are, Prism Galley, Los Angeles, 2010; Viva la Revolucion : A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, 2010; 2 Paralela 2010, Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, São Paulo, 2010; When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, 2009; Nus [Nudes], Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, 2009; The Portrait Show, Durex Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, 2009; When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo, 2008; Imaginary Realities, Max Wigram Gallery, London, 2008; Quando Vidas se tornam Forma: diálogo com o futuro – Brasil -Japão, MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2008; Salon National Des Beaux-Arts, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, 2008; Wakin up Nights, de Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, 2007; Musée International des Arts Modestes (MIAM), Sète, 2007; Kunsthalle Barmen, Von Der Heydt Museum Wuppertal, 2007; Mundo Animal, Escola São Paulo, São Paulo, 2007; Paralela 2006, São Paulo, Brasil 9º Bienal de la Habana, Havana, 2006; Spank the Monkey, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2006; Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Triennale di Milano, Milan; 2006; Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, 2005.