Claudio Ethos (BR) was born by the name Claudio Rafael in 1982 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The gifted young man studied for two years at a college for visual arts.
However, he was not in a financial position to finish his degree. He left a formal education to work as a painter, doing the art works he so much loved on the side.
Ethos is now a well known mural artist, with amazing works all around the world. He is also famous for his amazing skills with the ballpoint pen, as the pictures we have on display at www.sundero-gallery.com. His work is often surreal, with twisted manipulations of images and landscapes.
Ethos has been working with graffiti since the 90’s, and began spray painting around the age of 15. He is influenced by the Sao Paolo tag hand style murals, but has developed a unique and easily recognizable style.
Ethos uses a minimal color palette – either only black and white or black and white with one added color. His motives and characters depict emotional and spiritual states of mind. He often describes humans fighting to survive; anxious, disconnected, twisted and invaded by forces beyond their control. And even if some of his works are on the more optimistic side; dreamy or even humorous, it is fair to say that the leading motive in Ethos works is mans struggle against inhuman systems and brutal living conditions.
Ethos prefers to work with large dimensions, some times up till 30 meters tall. The scale of it makes it fascinating to know that the base of his huge and meticulous murals are small ballpoint drawings like the ones we present in ArtLego.
Not all of his drawings are sketches for larger works though, most of them are art works in their own right.
Ethos have had solo exhibitions with drawings and paintings both in Italy, France, Netherlands, Austria, The States and Paraguay. He has also been represented at group exhibitions all over the world.
Claudio Ethos currently lives between Sao Paolo and LA.