Boa Mistura is a multidisciplinary team with roots in graffiti art, creating large scale murals throughout the world since 2001. Their name is a portuguese term for „good mixture“ and refers to the diversity of careers and perspectives of each member. The group consists of an architect (Javier Serrano Guerra), two fine art graduates (Juan Jaume Fernández and Pablo Ferreiro Mederos), an illustrator (Pablo Purón Carillo) and a civil engineer (Rubén Martín de Lucas) who first met when they were 15 years old while painting the walls of their neighborhood. Sharing the same passion for art and with a responsibility for the world around them they have carried out projects in South Africa, USA, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Georgia, Algeria, Norway, Serbia and Panamá.
Their project „Luz nas vielas“ (Light in the alleyways) took place in Vila Brasilândia, one of the favelas that proliferate in São Paulo’s periphery. It is part of the CROSSROADS series: Boa Mistura´s Participative Urban Art Projects to intervene in rundown communities using art as a tool for change and inspiration.
Hosted by the Goncalves family for the time of their stay, the team had the opportunity to directly interact with the neighbourhood. Realizing the narrow and winding passageways that connect the up and low urban areas known as vielas, the project’s framework was set. In an active dialogue with the residents, the words “BELEZA”, “FIRMEZA”, “LOVE”, “DOÇURA” and “ORGULHO” were chosen to create anamorphic paintings equally covering all the construction materials within these vielas. „Beleza is the word used in Brasilandia to greet people. The first word that two people say to each other when they meet: Beauty. For us, these words are the best portrait of the favela“, the team explains.
For more check out the interview below and visit their website www.boamistura.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
We work with our heart, we know what we do and we love it.
Whom do you look up to?
Beauty, ’cause only beauty can be transformed into a smile.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
Everyone inspires us. All people have creativity in them, so the truth is that the world itself brings us what we need to create.
What made you want to become an artist?
We wanted to do something that changed the way of seeing life since we were little. And what better way than doing it with the biggest weapon of all: ART.
What was your favourite project and why?
It’s difficult to chose one “favourite” project, as each of them is special in its way. We thoroughly discuss and overthink our projects, analyzing whether its good for the people and the environment. If it’s not, we don’t do it. That is how we fall in love with each one that we do.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
Every day is a challenge, every single project has its difficulties but if the things don’t have obstacles you don’t grow.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
Our motto is our name, BOA MISTURA (the good mixture) five hearts that beat with the same rhythm and passion.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is everywhere and in everyone, but that does not mean that everyone is creative. It means that if you realise that you have it in you, you should use it, but you have to believe in yourself.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Follow your inspiration and hold on to it.
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