In 2006, the Dutch artist duo Haas & Hahn started deaveloping the idea of creating community-driven art interventions in Brazil.Their efforts yielded two murals which were painted in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio’s most notorious slum, in collaboration with local youth. The artworks received worldwide coverage and have become points of pride in the community and throughout Rio.
The Favela Painting project has already attracted intense media interest in Brazil and abroad. The most recent painting, ‘Rio Cruzeiro’ was covered by news agencies around the world, including CNN, Fox News, and Al Jazeera. In Brazil, the painting attracted reporters from every major newspaper and TV station.