"The strength of any artist is in their ability to translate the world in their head onto the canvas in a way that is believable. Nobody does that better than Os Gemeos.
The balaclava-clad graffiti writers in their paintings weave in and out of pattern-saturated backgrounds, blending into the painting much the same way that real graffiti writers are able to emerge and retreat into the night, unseen. These patterns are a stylistic metaphor of the city itself. The background noise of daily life is reimagined as a pattern. It's a fitting platform to show the adventures of their figures exploring the world and leaving their mark in it. It's a universal story that everybody can relate to in some way.
I've been familiar with the twins since shortly before 1999 when they released a vinyl toy along with Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Margret Kilgallen, and Stash. Since then, it's been amazing to watch their growth. Each show they have had builds upon the previous one, and you feel like you are reading a chapter of a slowly unfolding book.
I've met Octavio and Gustavo once or twice, but it was nothing more than a causal handshake and a quick 'hello.' Even still, it's impossible not to feel like you know something about them through their art. Their story is told through can and brush. You can see the influence of graffiti-of color, of travel, and of their culture. It's there on the wall. You can't look at their paintings of people standing on the shoulders of each other to tag as high and possible and not imagine those are the twins themselves. It's as though their autobiography is written on the walls around them.
It's been said that out of every art movement there are only 10 artists remembered 50 years after the movement ends. The twins clearly will be one of those 10. They are one of the most talented examples of the international connectivity of graffiti and street culture."