Brazil’s graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra has created a larger-than-life work for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 3,000-square-metre mural titled Etnias (Ethnicities), depicts Indigenous faces from the five continents, and was created at Porto Maravilha in Rio.

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An entry for the Guinness World Records?

Kobra hopes to set a Guinness record for the largest graffiti created by a single artist in Rio de Janeiro. 

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Kobra has an appreciation for Brazilian artists.

This 2014 work in Sao Paulo features Brazilian musician Chico Buarque, left, and the late Brazilian writer Ariano Suassuna. 

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A tribute to Brazil’s greatest architect.

Kobra created this 56-metre-tall graffiti artwork as a tribute to the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Sao Paulo’s financial district.

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Kobra uses a team of assistants to help him create the large-scale images.

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And the works show a great attention to detail.

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Kobra’s work can be seen in a variety of countries.

Kobra’s Brazilian-flavoured art also appears in other countries. Here, a colourful representation of Rio de Janerio’s statue of Christ the Redeemer is displayed on the roof of the Seibu department store in Tokyo. Kobra produced the mural over a period of about two weeks.

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Kobra uses his art for social commentary.

Kobra’s art sometimes takes the form of social commentary, including this 2013 work created in support of Brazil’s Greenpeace activist Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel in Moscow, then in custody in 2013. 

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This anti-bullfight painting in the Vila Madalena neighbourhood of Sao Paulo was created in 2013. The words written on the wall read “Applause” at left, and at right, “It’s not art, nor culture, it is torture!” 

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Kobra told the European Press Agency he feels privileged for being able to “break the inert grey” and fill the “blank urban walls with vibrant colours of brushes and sprays.” 


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