Stephan Doitschinoff

Street artist Stephan Doitschinoff (also known as Calma, meaning “calm” in Portuguese and “soul” in Latin) is an itinerant painter and muralist in Brazil. In his work, Doitschinoff expresses his interest in Afro-Brazilian folklore and religious traditions, primarily the blending of Christian and African ritual practices. He fills his delicate paintings with alchemic and pagan symbolism, Latin text, and pichação, the graffiti writing unique to São Paulo. The son of an Evangelical minister, Doitschinoff sees the church as an archaic institution that tries to control the masses, and uses it to represent corruption. “I think it is an appropriate symbol for corrupt modern institutions like big corporations, media channels, and governments,” he explains. The artist was the subject of the 2008 documentary film Temporal, which documented his three-year journey through rural Bahia, painting murals with local craftsmen in small villages throughout the region.

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