WHO ARE WE?
R.U.A. – REFLEXO ON URBAN ART is an international street art platform, realizing large-scale exhibitions on buildings and objects in public space.
Participating artists are recognized for their unique style and high-level performance or have proven talent that needs international recognition. Depending on the event, they paint huge murals, give lectures, teach in workshops or participate in exhibitions.
Until so far, we have mostly been working with Brazilians, but we are looking forward to go global. With each new edition our aim is to include local artists to the existing team.
Our main focus is to paint in urban areas around the globe, inspiring and creating lively and colourful scenery for successful community initiatives.
We believe that access to art (artistic expression and culture at large) is fundamental in creating a balanced society in which people live in harmony with and respect for each other.
By creating ways to make art freely available in public space, we hope to contribute to a more harmonious society.
Inspired by Brazilian street art and graffiti, and working with graffiti in social projects in Brazil for many years, we found it important to share the inspiration we got with a broader audience in the world.
In Brazil, graffiti and street art are respected forms of artistic expression in public space. Local governments and municipalities are supporting graffiti artists to develop their projects, using different surfaces and structures in urban areas.
R.U.A. is an initiative of the Caramundo Foundation. This organization has been realizing cultural exchanges between young talents from Brazil, the Netherlands and around the world since 2004. By organizing art projects such as R.U.A., we create an international stage for upcoming talents and young social entrepreneurs who have as their goal to create better life circumstances for the people of their communities. Caramundo has been supporting artistic initiatives in communities of Rio de Janeiro with the objective to create opportunities and stimulate autonomy for youth of violent urban areas.