Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for “The Twins”), or Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, are two identical twin brothers from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Born in 1974, they started painting graffiti in 1987. The brothers usually paint yellow-skinned characters (because of the tinge both of them have in their dreams), and their subject matters ranges from family portraits to commentary on São Paulo’s social and political circumstances.
In 1993, Otavio and Gustavo met Twist, or Barry McGee, with whom they shared experiences and techniques. Twist gave them a lot of photographic examples from the American graffiti scene, and introduced them to Allen Benedikt (founder of 12oz Prophet Magazine). Together with Caleb Neelon (a.k.a. Sonik), Allen interviewed the brothers for his magazine, giving them their first introduction to audiences outside South America. Some of their latest work includes a wall in Miami, Florida, painted for Art Basel Miami Beach, as well as the Houston st. mural (no longer up). In addition, Os Gêmeos has done a 60 foot mural on Coney Island, a painting of 16 at 10 meters in the centre of Heerlen, the Netherlands, and a mural on 21st between 8th and 9th avenues.