The Favela Painting project started in 2005 when Dutch artists Haas & Hahn (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn) had the idea of creating public artworks in favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Not just to beautify, but also to create a dialogue with their surroundings. After several successful projects, the image of a square painted in a design of radiating colors yielded worldwide fame and transformed Rio into 'one of the world’s 10 most colorful places', according to CNN. Haas & Hahn were invited to show their work at the New York based gallery Storefront for Art & Architecture, followed by an invitation from the Philadelphia Mural Arts program to paint several complete blocks in a dilapidated area in North Philly. The artists get invited worldwide to teach, to speak about their work, consult cities on community art projects and look at possible locations for future projects. They have recently restored their first painting in Rio and are currently working on their largest project to date; painting the houses on an entire hillside favela.
Back to Rio
Between 2005 and now, the favelas of Rio de Janeiro have provided the inspiration and locations for several public artworks that Haas & Hahn painted together with local community members. Each new project being larger than the last, they now aim to realize their ultimate dream; to plaster and paint an entire hillside favela. With your help they will return to Rio to create this community artwork of unprecedented scale: A monument that will radiate the pride and energy of the people who live in a community that they built with their own hands.