Os Gêmeos (Brazilian, b.1974) is the collaborative street art project of identical twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. They started doing graffiti around São Paolo, Brazil, in 1987. In 1993, they met San Francisco street artist Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist) and collaborated with him on murals around São Paolo. McGee also influenced the brothers’ shift from working on street murals to creating site-specific installations and paintings for galleries. Many of Os Gêmeos’ murals and paintings are centered on characters that show us a fantasy world called “Tritez.” Their work uses a largely yellow palette; when the brothers started doing graffiti around the city, it was a color easy to see from far away, and these yellow works were easily recognizable as Os Gêmeos’ pieces. It is also a color that they see a lot in their dreams. The brothers started participating in group exhibits in the late 1990’s in Germany, and since then have had solo shows, and have been a part of group shows around the world. Their March 2012 solo show Miss You at Prism in Los Angeles, CA, was composed of paintings, murals, sculptures, and light installations that turned the gallery into a bright, colorful Os Gêmeos wonderland. The show also featured an interactive digital sculpture where the viewer would become a giant yellow head while inside the work. Os Gêmeos still live and work in São Paolo.

Timeline

1974
Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, Identical twin brothers born in São Paulo, Brazil
1987
Began painting graffiti
Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for The Twins)
Lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Exhibitions

2012
Os Gêmeos - ICA - Institute of Contemporary ArtBoston, Boston, MA
Os Gemeos, Miss You - Prism, West Hollywood, CA
2011
In The Moment: Benefit Art Sale & Auction - The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Kaunas Art Biennial Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 11 - REWIND-PLAY-FORWARD - Kaunas Art Biennial, Kaunas
“West End Rebellion” - Scream London, London (England)
Kindergarten - Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena
Gigante por la propia naturaleza - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
Art in the Streets - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Wilde Zeichen - forum frohner, Krems
2010
Pra quem mora lá, o céu é lá - Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
Nos braos de um anjo - Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan
Law Of The Jungle - Lehmann Maupin, New York City, NY
FAME Festival 2010 - FAME Festival, Grottaglie (TA)
Come As You Are - Prism, West Hollywood, CA
Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CA
Rotkäppchen lackiert den Wolf - FMDK - Freie Münchner und Deutsche Künstlerschaft e.V., Munich
The Saatchi Gallery The Franks-Suss Collection - Phillips de Pury & Company at The Saatchi Gallery, London - The Saatchi Gallery, London (England)
2009
Vertigem - Museu de Arte Brasileira da FAAP - Fundaçao Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo
Franks-Suss Collection - , London (England)
Urban Art - Werke aus der Sammlung Reinking - Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
Nudes - Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
When Lives Become Form Creative Power From Brazil - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
2008
Vertigem OSGEMEOS - Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba
Os Gemeos - SONHEI QUE TINHA SONHADO - - Pilar Parra & Romero Galería de Arte, Madrid (closed, 2008)
When Lives Become Form - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Call it what you like - Collection Rik Reinking - Kunst Centret Silkeborg Bad
Street Art - Tate Modern, London (England)
LatinoLatino - Palazzo della Vicaria, Trapani
2007
Os Gemeos - Museum het Domein, Sittard
Os Gemeos - Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan
osgemeos - Desenho - Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
Wakin up nights - de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich
2006
O peixe que comia estrelas cadentes - Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
Spank the Monkey - BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (England)
Beautiful Losers - Circleculture Gallery, Berlin
2005
Cavaleiro Marginal - - Deitch Projects - 76 Grand Street, New York City, NY (closed, 2010)
Weird Walls - Museum het Domein, Sittard
25 Bold Moves - House of Campari, New York City, NY
2003
Pavil – Osgemeos - The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA