Graffiti Error: An exhibition by Antonio Bokel
In his first U.S. exhibition, Brazilian artist Antonio Bokel presents an eclectic mix of recent works. His bold, cryptic, expressive mixed media paintings evoke the idea of weathered graffiti walls typically found in the urban landscape. But upon closer assessment his work is an unabashed cacophony of images culled from both familiar and unlikely sources. Inspired by graffiti tags often found in Brazilian cities, Bokel translates what he calls “small gestures of rebel power” into alluringly vivid works of distinct complexity.
About Antonio Bokel
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Bokel (1978) is a self-taught painter, as well as a keen surfer and skater. He started painting early on, at first influenced by Brazilian Naive Art and then by artistic icons such as Basquiat, Rauschenberg and Twombly. Since his first exhibition in Florence in 2001, Antonio has constantly shown his work all around the world in the galleries of Brazil, London, Madrid or Amsterdam. He also never stopped painting in the street to participate in the visual energy of the cities that inspire him.
About FB gallery
FB gallery is dedicated to showcase the works of talented up and coming artists from Brazil. François Baron established FB gallery in June 2011 to bring together two of his main passions: street art and Brazil. During his many trips to Brazil, he was impressed and inspired by the energy of the street art scene, and decided to bring the artists to New York to create a dialogue between the birthplace of graffiti and the vibrant creativity found in the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
“Graffiti Error” will run until November 26th, 2011. Gallery hours are from Tuesday-Saturday 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This reception is free to the public.