Thiago Mazza was born in 1984 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has a degree
in Graphic Design from the State University of Minas Gerais - UEMG. Self-taught in painting, he came into contact
with graffiti in 2010 and then started painting walls.
Thiago is looked upon as a great exponent of Brazilian contemporary
muralism. He is known in the contemporary urban art scene for his mastery in
the representation of fauna and flora. His current subject of study is tropical
plants, their exuberant structure and dense foliage. Already in Portugal, he
has studied the native flora, adding this new dimension to his works.
Thiago has participated in festivals worldwide, such as Artscape
(Sweden), Vukovart (Croatia), UpFest (UK), Stenograffia (Russia), IPAF (Mexico)
and CURA (Brazil). His work dialogues with classical painting, street art and
contemporary art. Thiago Mazza brings nature within himself, the ingenuity to
transmute it and the art to take us to it.
specialty is painting plants. I mention the plants and set up my work. As I live in Brazil, I usually paint tropical plants. People come to festivals for my tropical work and often that's what they want: for me to incorporate the tropical theme. But when I
arrived in Portugal, I stayed in the Ericeira area doing the quarantine and, as it's spring, I found everything very flowery. And then I think about working from the blueprints here. I made a are for any plants, but it was very hard, because the plants in
Brazil are more resistant and here they withered quickly. But I ended up being able to collect some native plants that grow spontaneously in the fields here, like a wild artichoke, a poppy, etc. On this wall I'm going to paint these plants that I picked up
here in Portugal. And what I think will surprise a little is the fact that I bring this kind of tropical style to my painting, which is something full and so on and, for here, I do a montage where I enlarge the flowers a lot, because sometimes the flowers
, as they are smaller, go very unnoticed. When you see a plant in the field, it is just a little purple, yellow or red dot, and not to notice, while tropical plants, as they are very large, people acquired them completely. But to see these, people have to
get a little closer. And so I try to bring this, for people to see how beautiful the plants are here and they are as colorful as the tropical ones, and sometimes even more so, so my intention is to make people appreciate the native flora more , a small plant
that grows in a vacant lot, in an abandoned yard and that are very beautiful. ”