Title: Minha Terra, Minhas Raízes
Design technique: Mista sobre MDF. Year: 2020.
Size: 0,90 x 1,83 x 0,015m.
Graduated in literature and pedagogy, MS Graffit is a self-taught visual and graffiti artist and an artisan. Born and residing in Pindaré Mirim, in Maranhão, he is actively engaged in the local cultural production, especially in public decoration during carnival and the festivities around the June quadrille and bumba-meu-boi.
In his panel Minha Terra, Minhas Raízes (My Land, y Roots) shown here, the artist uses several references that symbolize the cradle of the Maranhão culture such as an ox, a fish, a babassu tree, a native Indian, a jaguar and some macaws. Mixing different techniques of urban graffiti and airbrushing, he uses a pistol, a paintbrush and a roller, besides a feather mosaic, artificial teeth and spangles to create his tribute to the Tupinambá, Kayapó, Guajajara and Urubu-kaapor ethnic groups. In the painting we can also see the famous sugar cane mill Engenho Central de Pindaré Mirim.