São Paulo, 1986
Lives and works in São Paulo
Using art to mark his social, environmental and political positioning, the São Paulo native MUNDANO has been effectively exercising artivism as a tool for social transformation for over 15 years. An advocate for environmental causes and universal human rights, in 2012 he founded the NGO Pimp My Carroça, and the Cataki app, both aimed at connecting waste generators and recyclable material collectors. The result of his work opened doors to replicate these artivist actions worldwide – more than 20 countries visited performing murals, exhibitions, graffiti, lectures, partnerships, and integrating global programs such as TED Fellows.
In the last years, he has been developing an intense research on materials, collecting residues from the biggest environmental crimes in the country’s history, thus creating his own inputs from these waste products: toxic mud, ashes from forest burning, and oil spilled on the beaches of the northeast.
These residues are transformed into works of denunciation, whether through graffiti, sculptures, canvases, or on the gables of buildings. His latest work, of over 1000m2, pays homage to the forest brigades that put out criminal fires – in a new version of Cândido Portinari’s „O Lavrador de Café“, Mundano uses ashes from the burning of 4 Brazilian biomes: Amazon Forest, Atlantic Forest, Cerrado (savanna), and Pantanal to create this gigantic painting as a symbol against illegal deforestation.