Growing up in Sao Paulo, Tinho was hooked on graffiti by the age of 12. In 1987 he was experimenting with stencils but soon switched to New York style spraycan art. His approach to painting is free spirited. He confesses that “they are all www.insurerwatch.net spontaneous and therefore they are not all good.” He begins by painting a base for his pictures, picking colours and shapes that compliment existing marks on the wall. The result is a collage of elements including words, patterns and figures.
Social issues are often the main subjects of his work: human suffering, its causes and hopes for a brighter future. “Every artist paints what he lives” says Tinho and therefore Brazilian graffiti reflects the artists' lives and experiences.