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Lelo, Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

By Nathan M. Walters, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Is this still graffiti?” Lelo, a Carioca street artist direct from Copacabana, finds himself asking this question about his own work and those of his peers more often these days. It’s a difficult question, and one that continues to divide the art world as well as casual observers. 

“In the Eighties, there was a lot of pixação (graffiti lettering originating in São Paulo) around Rio. So in the Nineties when early forms of street art started popping up in Rio, people were more tolerant, thinking ‘that’s . . .

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