Colorful Character Jim Avignon Paints in Peru and Brazil

Solo in Lima and with Carlos Dias in São Paulo

Today we have photos from two new projects by Berlin based Street Artist and fine artist and Renaissance man Jim Avignon that he just completed in the southern hemisphere.

São Paulo, Brazil

As part of a cultural exchange project for the Goethe Institute, Avignon and Brazilian graffiti/fine artist Carlos Dias  (aka ASA) painted the exterior and interior of a truck that will be traveling throughout the streets of many cities for a year to do educational classes and workshops with children in different neighborhoods.  “I don’t speak Portugese and he doesn’t speak a lot in English but it wasn’t really necessary,” says Jim as he describes the planning and painting they did for a week or so inside a large warehouse before its debut. Aside from a map on the back that shows all the cities the truck with tour, he says it has “all kinds of cultural stuff inside; a small library, a public address system, film and music equipment.”

Jim Avignon and Carlos Dias collaborate on a traveling arts education truck for Goethe Institute (image © Jim Avignon)

Speaking of music, its notable that both of these visual artists have solid track records in composing, recording, and performing as musicians. Jim said he really enjoyed painting with ASA even though they didn’t talk a lot because the both of them also have experience performing music live in front of an audience and they felt like they really understood each other on that level. It all sort of culminated at the opening party in front of an old theatre. Jim said he felt right at home with ASA because, “He also has a band and likes to jump around on stage.”

Jim Avignon and Carlos Dias collaborate on a traveling arts education truck for Goethe Institute. A map on the back shows all the cities the truck will be taking its programs to over the next year. (image © Jim Avignon)

Jim Avignon and Carlos Dias collaborate on a traveling arts education truck for Goethe Institute (image © Jim Avignon)

Jim Avignon and Carlos Dias collaborate on a traveling arts education truck for Goethe Institute (image © Jim Avignon)

The artists pose with their truck. (image © Jim Avignon)

Lima, Peru

“I was invited to paint this wall for a big fiesta in a nice neighborhood called Barranco,” he says of the long wall that reminds of the huge one he did in Brooklyn a little while ago. “I had only 2 days to do it all,” he explains as the opening for the party loomed. “Luckily it almost never rains in Lima and there were nice people to help me.”

 

The preliminary sketch going up for this wall by Jim Avignon in Lima (image © Jim Avignon)

Jim Avignon at work in Lima (image © Frank Kalero)

Jim Avignon in Lima (image © Jim Avignon)

The opening night party filled the street in front of the new wall by Jim Avignon in Lima (image © Jim Avignon)

The full panorama of the new wall by Jim Avignon in Lima (image © Jim Avignon)

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