Behind the Art: V. Madruga

Last year, as you may or may not already know, Andrea of Red Egg visited Brazil for the first time! We loved the way that the urban city life contrasts with the lush and tropical forest of Rio, it truly made the city feel so unique. One thing that we also really appreciated most about Rio, and all of Brazil for that matter, was the amazing art scene found throughout the city.

 If you have never been to Brazil, and specifically, Rio de Janeiro, you may not know that it is one of the greatest art destinations. According to Design Week, “Brazilian graffiti art is considered among the most significant strand[s] of a global urban art movement, and its diversity defies the increasing homogeneity of world graffiti.”  (source

This is partly because, in 2009, the law 706/07 was passed which officially decriminalized street art in the city of Rio. While the street art culture was already very much in existence in the city long before then, the passing of this law helped to solidify the importance of art to the city's overall culture and vibe, not only for tourists, but for the artists and residents of Rio! (source

Leblon Gestural, V Madruga.

Leblon Gestural, V Madruga.

One of the major artists that has contributed to the art scene in Rio is V. Madruga. Born in 1951, Madruga attended the School of Architecture in Porto Alegre. He then studied drawing and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro. (source)

He began his career in the 1980's when he created public art installations in the local subway stations of Rio, and gained notoriety from this, as many people per day would see his work as they took their daily transit. (source)

Bicicleta em Vermelhos, V. Madruga

Bicicleta em Vermelhos, V. Madruga

When we were in Rio, Madruga's artwork truly stood out to us as super unique and modern, and we just loved his overall vibe and style. The bold, bright colors and abstract modern subject matter were all elements that helped us see his work in so many different types of spaces and we knew the pieces would make a huge statement wherever they went.

We are lucky enough to get to represent Madruga here at Red Egg Design Group and have the opportunity to bring a bit of Brazil to our clients here! You can check out some of his pieces on our site, and we've highlighted some of them below.

Bike Sobre Cinzas,  here

Bike Sobre Cinzas, here

We love this piece - the charcoal gray background with accents of yellow and pink are the perfect backdrop for the bicycle silhouette. We think this piece would be perfectly suited to any modern space.

Rio en Negro,  here

Rio en Negro, here

This piece is super special to us because it reminds us of the awesome view we had in Rio, looking at the mountains and enjoying the beautiful landscape of Rio de Janeiro. The bold purple, black and turquoise tones in the piece, along with the texture created by the paint splatter effects make it truly unique and easy to see how Madruga has become a household name in Rio when it comes to his artwork.

Bike en Negro Sobre Gestos,  here

Bike en Negro Sobre Gestos, here

This piece is absolutely eye-catching and modern, which is why we are totally obsessed. The silhouette of a bicycle stands out from the brightly colored, paint-splattered background that it sits on. This piece is also large - roughly 4'W by 5'H, thus making it the perfect statement piece for any feature wall!

Madruga is extremely inspirational and we are glad to get to enjoy his works and share them with all of you! We love how well his style works with the modern style that we at Red Egg love so much, and we can see his pieces in any space.

That being said, we found an article that you should definitely check out, where his pieces were commissioned in this swimsuit designer's San Diego home! Click here for the tour and to see his pieces.

For more information about V. Madruga, comment below! Or email us here. What do you guys think of his work?