FB Gallery is proud to present Graffiti Error, the first U.S. exhibition by renowned Brazilian artist Antonio Bokel.
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.
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. He spent most of his Summer in a former jail as an artist in residence with ARTUR (ARTistas Unidos em Residência), Lagos, Portugal.