Alexandre Órion: Brazilian Graffiti Artist and Photographer
I want to introduce a street artist that has been around for a while, but who really contributes something unique to the street art community.
Alexandre Orion (born 1978 or 1979) is a Brazilian graffiti artist and photographer. He gained attention for his exhibition Metabiotics in 2006, a graffiti/photography project in which he painted graffiti pieces with white and black latex paint and photographed people interacting with them. The exhibit's style, which the San Francisco Chronicle called a "distinctive blend of painting and photography" that looked "nothing like the American conception of graffiti art", interested French and American galleries, gaining him exhibits in Paris, New York, and San Francisco.
Alexandre Orion also does photography. He will wait behind a camera for the perfect opportunity to take a picture. He claims to love the "waiting" part of photography. He considers it to be a spiritual moment during his art. Orion's life as an artist began started with hand painted shirts when he was 14, moved into graffiti with a spray can, and later evolved into art that focuses more on social issues. Later, he began "thinking about the way the community interacts with graffiti, and playing with the visual conflict between the real and the unreal."
In a 2007 reverse graffiti project, he drew a mural of skulls in São Paulo's Max Feffer Tunnel by scouring away parts of the thick layer of soot on the walls; the city later removed the mural by cleaning off the rest of the soot.