On Thursday, September 24th, Galleria Patricia Armocida will be presenting a new solo exhibition by the Brazilian artist Finok entitled Sorrir e Chorar. For his Italian debut, Raphael Sagarra aka Finok prepared six medium-scale works on canvas and wood, fifteen drawings, five sculptures, and three site-specific installations based around the idea of duality, or two sides of the same coin.

Relying on elements of Brazilian folk culture, the young artist from São Paulo has established himself as one of the more well-known names coming from the epicenter of South American graffiti culture. Often using patterns and textures that are reminiscent of Pipas and Baloes, popular artifacts made by overlapping pieces of colored paper, his works have a playful feel and recognizable aesthetic. The symbolic use of kids’ toys as a base for his work represents a way of preparing for the challenges of adult life. Mixed with characters that come from religious masks and shrines, Finok’s works is equally striking as graffiti on the streets of a bustling city as well as a mixed media artwork presented in a gallery setting.

From the preview images we’ve received, the artist stepped away from his usual bright green and red palette and toward using some pastel tones and adding blue into the mix.

Discuss Finok here.