The St+art India Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that works on art projects in public spaces. The aim of the foundation is to make art accessible to a wider audience by taking it out of the conventional gallery space and embedding it within the cities we live in … making art truly democratic and for everyone.
Since 2015, 26 murals have been created between Khanna Market and Meherchand Market, to re-invigorate the Lodhi Colony area, and create India’s first open air art district.
Bicicleta Sem Freio (Bicycle Without Brakes) are a Brazilian design and illustration collective who explore the mastership of colours and shapes with a dose of psychedelic and unique humour along with a sense of typography.
Usually Douglas and Renato work as a duo, but for this particular project they worked simultaneously and individually on two facing walls in Lodhi Colony, to create a composition inspired by the local Indian flora and fauna interpreted through the eyes of two Brazilians.
Their vibrant and colourful works organically blend with the Indian context, similar to the Brazilian one when it comes to the celebration of life through colours.
In his artwork , Douglas has portrayed various forms of flowers, leaves and birds he observed in the capital after visiting several parks. He also got fascinated by the element of the hands which he saw painted in several shapes and context all around Delhi. They are holding together several natural elements and expressing at the same time the universal language of gesture.
In Renato’s mural, the central figure is the Indian bird ‘Oriental Pied Hornbill’. A dense flow of various shapes seem to emerge from the ground embracing the bird and creating an engaging scenario for the viewer.
The Brazilian embassy has partnered with the St+art India Foundation to introduce to the visual landscape of Delhi, Brazilian art and expression. Through this project, both institutes hope to foster a deeper dialogue between people living in the two different parts of the world but sharing a similar sensibility of energy, freedom, vibrancy and colour.
St+art India hopes to reinforce and nurture a network between foundations which are operating in the same field, and under the same values of preserving, contemporizing and spreading Indian culture. With the support of the Sanskriti foundation, the artists have the possibility of working in a stimulating environment such as Sanskriti Kendra.
Photo Credit Akshat Nauriyal