What happens when you mix religious iconography with Afro-Brazilian folk art, pagan symbols, and street art? Stephan Doitschinoff happens. His colorful acrylic paintings are brilliant: all skulls and symbols and rainbows. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for his street art being produced by his alias, Calma.
Say the name ‘Calma’ in São Paulo, and local art aficionados will instantly conjure up artist Stephan Doitschinoff, whose street alias translates both into ‘calm’ from Portuguese and ‘soul’ from Latin.
Paintings by the artist Stephan Doitschinoff. What has proven provocative at times in his work is Stephan’s reflexive use of Christian symbolism as a kind of meditation, or reminder, of the temporality of life as a metaphor for not simply the corruption of the flesh but of self and society as well.