Life and art are inseparable to Felipe Morozini. To this versatile Brazilian artist, photographer and designer, the world, and especially the city of São Paulo, is a canvas. “My pictures show life the way it is,” he says, “I like reality....with a bit of imagination.” But Morozini takes realism one step further – he also sees all human beings as fellow artists. “Art and creativity are inherent to everyone, “ he says, “It's like we were born with some kind of device that allows people to create whatever comes into their mind.”
This generous point of view shines through in all his oeuvres. Some of Morozini’s best-known work is his candid photography of his São Paulo neighbors. While the images definitely have a voyeuristic quality -as Morozoni can see his subjects, but they don’t see him- they are not exploitive. Each person is shown with tenderness and humor, making each image seem complex, true and -above all- human. Together they read as a love poem to the city.
One of the most evocative photos shows a topless woman standing on her balcony in the golden light of the afternoon, colorful laundry hanging around her. In her hand she holds a pocket mirror, and from the angle that Morozini is shooting from, it catches the reflection of her bare breast. The moment is both dreamily innocent and erotic.
But the multi-talented Morozini expresses himself (and others) in a variety of media. A particularly well-publicized project was his guerrilla painting of the elevated São Paulo highway Elevado Costa de Silva, a 70s-style eyesore locally known as Minhocão (“the worm”). One Sunday morning, neighboring residents woke up to a view of the Minhocão covered in 75 white flowers, which had been painted the night before by Morozoni and his friends. “It’s Sao Paulo's ugliest road....everyone hates it,” he says “I just wanted people that live around Minhocão to open their windows and look at JUST flowers.”
Morozini also creates objects and furniture, which he sources in antique stores and flea markets and customizes for the upscale São Paulo design store MICASA. “I was inspired by the possibility of creating a new meaning to an old object while still leaving a part of the original behind,” he says. “When somebody buys the object they add their own history. Thus the object becomes a hybrid of our times and the past.” Or your very own piece of Morozini’s São Paulo.
from Sao Paulo, Brazil