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Stunning Murals Energize The Streets In This São Paulo Neighborhood

Graffiti artists gathered in Grajaú this month to paint the walls anew.
Mural by Akn.
Mural by Akn.

The colorful murals on the walls of Grajaú, the most populous district in São Paulo, speak to a vibrant graffiti movement.

Credit belongs in part to Alexandre da Hora, known as Niggaz, who was creating incredible street art by the time he was 13, in 1995. His work drew attention to this neighborhood on the outskirts of Brazil's largest city. He was also known for working with newspapers and magazines. 

By the time Niggaz accidentally drowned in a São Paulo reservoir in 2003, he had left a lasting mark on the local graffiti scene. More than a decade later, he is still celebrated.

São Paulo's street artists have gathered annually since his death to pay tribute by creating their own powerful urban art. On March 19 and 20 this year, they painted fresh murals in the Grajaú neighborhood, many of them tagged with Nigazz’s name.

The event, titled "Niggaz -- Graffiti, Memory and Youth," was sponsored by a government fund that supports black artists and producers.

Scroll down for photos from Grajaú. 

  • Tuba Marq at work.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Tuba Marq at work.
  • Mural by Santhus.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Mural by Santhus.
  • Art by Simone Siss.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Art by Simone Siss.
  • Art by Quinho.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Art by Quinho.
  • Mural by Mirage.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Mural by Mirage.
  • Mural by Quinho.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Mural by Quinho.
  • Mural by Ayco.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Mural by Ayco.
  • Mural by Paulo Ito.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Mural by Paulo Ito.
  • Mural by Recassio and Feik.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Mural by Recassio and Feik.
  • Henrique Madeira / Imargem
  • Art by Sholk.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Art by Sholk.
  • Mural by Enivo.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Mural by Enivo.
  • Mural by Pixote.
    Henrique Madeira / Imargem
    Mural by Pixote.

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Brazil and has been translated into English.

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