Cripta Djan, born Djan Ivson in 1984 (São Paulo), started to pixar in 1996 aged 12 when he joined Cripta, one of the local gangs to which he still belongs today. He is one of the pioneers of escalada: free climbing to the top of 20 story skyscrapers without safety equipment to leave his mark on previously untouched surfaces across the city.
Cripta Djans works provide a critical narrative on the cultural, socio-economic and artistic value of pixação. His repeating motifs, consisting of geometric letters and scriptures, will always carry social meaning but have developed into a form of art themselves through which he communicates.
His work is part of La Biennale d’Architectura in Venice this year as well as being shown in galleries in Brazil, New York, Spain, United Kingdom and Amsterdam.
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The art of Pixação
The art of Pixação is exclusive to Brazilian metropolises: critical graffiti, usually in inaccessible and dangerous urban areas and directed against the establishment. Self-taught and often economically marginalized youths are not afraid to take risks in order to represent the invisible and voiceless residents of their vulnerable neighborhoods. Cripta Djan is one of the most recognized names in the genre.