Os Gemeos Otavio et Gustavo Pandolfo

Born in 1974 - Brazil


Os Gêmeos (b. 1974, São Paulo, Brazil), translated as “The Twins”, Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, have worked together since birth. As children growing up in the streets of the traditional district of Cambuci (SP), they developed a distinct way of playing and communicating through artistic language. With the encouragement of their family, and the introduction of hip hop culture in Brazil in the 1980s, Os Gêmeos found a direct connection to their dynamic and magical world and a way to communicate with the public. Guided mainly by their willpower, together they explored with dedication and care the various techniques of painting, drawing and sculpture, and had the streets as their place of study.

They never stopped doing graffiti, but over the years, this universe created by the duo, with which they dream and get inspiration from, overtook the streets, becoming a language of its own with so many other influences and cultures, and it is constantly evolving.

They believe in the encounters and experiences that life offers are natural and delicate. Today, recognized and admired both nationally and internationally, the artists utilize this combined visual language, improvisation and a sense of playfulness to intuitively create a variety of projects worldwide.

They have held numerous solo and group shows in museums and galleries in several countries such as Cuba, Chile, the United States of America, Italy, Spain, England, Germany, Lithuania and Japan. To understand the work of Os Gêmeos, it is necessary to allow reason to be replaced by the imaginary – walk through the doors, allowing ourselves to realize the subtleties in the world around us and to embark on an experience that exceeds the visual: to feel first and to understand later.

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A ópera da lua, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil
ICA - The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Miss You, PRISM, Los Angeles, USA
Fermata, Museu Vale, Espírito Santo, Brasil
Vertigem, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília, Brasil
Nos Braços de um Anjo, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy
Pra quem mora lá, o céu é lá, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisboa,
Vertigem, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; MAB FAAP -
Museu de Arte Brasileira, São Paulo, Brasil
Vertigem, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brasil
Too Far Too Close, Deitch Project Gallery, New York, USA
Galeria Pilar Parra e Romero, Madrid, Spain
As Flores deste Jardim meus Avós Plantaram, Museum Het Domein
Sittard, Sittard, The Netherlands
Desenho, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil
O peixe que comia estrelas cadentes, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo,
Nike Tour, Fire House, New York, USA; Milan, Italy; Paris, France; National
Stadium, Tokyo, Japan; Hong-Kong; China; London, UK
Creative Time Project, Conney Island, USA
WaterMill, Robert Wilson Center, New York, USA
Cavaleiro Marginal, Deitch Project Gallery, New York, USA
Estação da Luz, São Paulo, Brasil
Pavil, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, USA


Gigantes por su propria naturaleza, Institut Valéncia d’Art Modern,
Valencia, Spain
Art in the Streets, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,
Personagens e fronteiras: Território Cenográfico Brasileiro, FUNARTE,
São Paulo, Brasil; Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury, UK;
MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Prague Quadrennial, Prague, Czech Republic
Kaunas Biennal TEXTILLE 11 – REWIND-PLAY-FORWARD, Kaunas Arte
Biennial, Kaunas, Lithuania
Come As You Are, Prism Galley, Los Angeles
Viva la Revolucion : A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of
Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, USA
Paralela 2010, Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, São Paulo, Brasil
When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil, Hiroshima City
Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Nus [Nudes], Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil
The Portrait Show, Durex Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil, Museum of
Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo, Japan
Imaginary Realities, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
Quando Vidas se tornam Forma: diálogo com o futuro – Brasil -Japão,
MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil
Salon National Des Beaux-Arts, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
Wakin up Nights, de Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
Musée International des Arts Modestes (MIAM), Sète, France
Kunsthalle Barmen, Von Der Heydt Museum Wuppertal, Germany
Mundo Animal, Escola São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil
2006 Paralela 2006, São Paulo, Brasil
9º Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba
Spank the Monkey, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead,
Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Triennale di
Milano, Milan, Italy
Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Orange County
Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA
The Smell of the rain, Deitch Project in Miami Art Basel, Miami, USA
Montana Shop, Barcelona, Spain
Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Contemporary
Arts Center in Cincinnati; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San
Francisco, USA
Regellos, Halle2, Heidelberg, Germany
Urbis Museum, Manchester, UK
Gra(ff)ite, Alhambra, USA
Break, New Image Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
CubaBrasil, Regla, Havana, Cuba
I don’t know, Die Faerberei Galerie, Munich, Germany
Schlachthof Cultural Center, Wiesbaden, Germany
Toleranci, Galerie Ecureuil, Niort, France
Kanvas, Kassel, Germany
Global Grafitti Art, Anne Moerchen Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
Urban Discipline, Hamburg, Germany
Chromopolis, paneling in Athens Olympic Games, Athens, Greece
Area2010, Sydney, Australia
50 anos de Bienal de São Paulo, Fundação Bienal, São Paulo, Brasil
Tokion Store, New York, USA
Urban Discipline 2001, Hamburg, Germany
Galerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, France Mural
Global, São Paulo, Brasil
Just writing my name, Bremen, Germany
Agenda 21 project, Hildeshein, Germany
Galerie Ecureuil, Niort, France
Urban Discipline, Das Buch zur Ausstellung, Hamburg, Germany
Graffiti aus São Paulo Brasilien, Die Färberei, Munich, Germany
Academie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
ISART, Munich, Germany
Livin Large, Munich, Germany
Um minuto de silêncio, FUNARTE, São Paulo, Brasil
Galeria MIS, São Paulo, Brasil

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