Alfredo maffei is graduated in visual arts from the School of Fine Arts in São Paulo, the artist presents a series of creations which use the streets as support to talk about one of the largest urban problems: a state of abandonment and exclusion of the homeless. His series of mural paintings "Invisible Eyes", carries a strong social and political significance, and has rendered the author invitations to shares and perform his works in other countries. Making clear and stark the situation faced by the homeless, Maffei seeks to sensitize an audience that has become insensitive to this reality.
The work of the series "INVISIBLE EYES" consist of urban interventions that portray the face of the homeless people on the walls of abandoned houses. The artist goes on expeditions and searches in order to find and meet people who use the street as housing, and with their permission, he creates a large-format painting revealing their invisible identities.
The paintings are done in precarious places, explicitly illustrating the living conditions of homeless people, and the wall becomes the witness of socio-cultural phenomenon. In large format, the irregularity and roughness of the wall comes to be confused with the lines of those portrayed.
In this work, you may notice a curious but sad contradiction: While there are people without homes, there are houses without people.
The work is based on many phases and procedures, and goes beyond the art object, where what matters most is the connection, integration and contact with the homeless, which are the living part of the work.
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