Piola NYC proudly presents the first exposition of sculptures in the restaurant: PEACE TU “LIVE WOOD – MADEIRA VIVA”. Wood sculptures with strong colors will bright up the restaurant from the opening on April 22, 2008. The exposition will run through May 26, 2008.
Rodrigo Vitorio Lisboa Souza from Salvador, Brazil is known as street artist PEACE TU from the Turbilhaõ Urbano crew (Urban Whirlwind crew). Peace has been painting the streets of Salvador for over 15 years and has developed his own style of abstract forms and strokes using vibrant colors. In recent years Peace has specialized in transforming trash and wood he finds in the streets into bidimensional and 3D graffiti sculptures. By salvaging wooden trash collected in New York city streets, Peace revives former trees through art. This exhibition is also a reminder to the public that recycling is a step towards saving our planet.
Last summer Peace was the first Brazilian street artist to participate in the selected graffiti team to decorate the festival area at the Roskilde Festival 2007 in Denmark. He also painted at the Skral Festival in Grimstad, Norway. In addition, he divulged his art in three other expositions in Norway in the period of June-Aug 2007.
In Salvador, Brazil, he has also been exposing his work in several exhibitions, and has often been giving lectures, seminaries and workshops at colleges and universities about the art and culture of graffiti and the hip hop movement. From 2005-2007 he was responsible for an art therapy project in Salvador, helping young people with crack addiction to improve their lives through art.