Favela Painting

Jeroen Koolhas and are two artist from Netherlands who started working together in 2005.  In 2006, they started developing the idea of creating community-driven art interventions in . Their efforts yielded two murals which were painted in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio’s most notorious slum, in collaboration with local youth. After both murals were finished, they started their third stage of their project, ‘O Morro’.

The initial idea of the Favela Painting project was always to paint an entire hillside favela in the center of Rio, visible to all inhabitants and visitors. As the portuguese translation for ‘the hill’; ‘o morro’ is also used as a synonym for slum or favela, the artists chose to use this name for the third stage of the Favela Painting project. ‘O Morro’ started early in 2010 and was recently finished.

You can find more on the projects in their official website and their Facebook Page. See more images of ‘O Morro’ after the break.

Seen at TheCoolist

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Favela Painting" 01 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=62689>
  • juan

    love it!

    did you guys see this?… is the Dulux Walls let`s colour project.

    quote: Dulux Walls – Global film for the Let’s Colour Campaign by Euro RSCG London

    Let’s Colour is a worldwide initiative to transform grey spaces with colourful paint.

    This 2 minute global film was shot by multi-award winning director Adam Berg over four weeks in Brazil, France, London and India. Every location is real and they remain transformed by a palette consisting of 120 different colours. The people in the film are not actors, they are real people who rolled up their sleeves to transform their community with colour.



    • OS

      I think you wrong.

  • brasileiro / brazilian

    …still expecting the day when these community projects approach a change in the way people live and participate in the dynamics of construction and intervention in space and its habitability.
    Even if this project stands for a way to this community communicate about its reality and take its first step into a change, still a showcase for people from outside this community.
    We architects must continue to put our mind to work in ways to promote the market profit interests in improving this communities with space integration to the rest of the urban context and opportunities to put these people to participate in the economy.
    Urban farming and exotic tourism seem not enough… their space infrastructure should let them stand by themselves.

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    Favela Painting. http://bit.ly/9XPGNa

  • finn

    all my scepticism will be removed if i saw the houses these guys lived in was painting in the same garish way, it really looks like an attempt to polish a turd, im sure they meant well

    • lvbkts

      um, its an ART project? can’t we make beautiful things, or things beautiful?

      as an art project, its great… and it probably has unseen social benefits?

      “The Favela Painting Project creates striking artworks, collaborating with local people to use art as a tool to inspire, create beauty, combat prejudice and attract attention.” – facebook site.

  • robledo duarte

    Very nice, they could paint also the violence and the drugs,it will be nice isn’t it?

  • Notorious Favela (Slum)

    I think it’s shamefull that archdaily publishes informations such as “Vila Cruzeiro (is) Rio’s most notorious slum”, without checking it before. It’s a important piece of information and gives a shallow notion about the conditions of Rio’s favelas.

    Besides that, it leaves an really negative idea of self promotion for this two artists, since for a social project it shouldn’t be taken on account if a favela is famous or not but its social and infrastructure condition.

    Shame on you!

  • karen prinsloo

    Real pleasure to see their imaginative, transforming, refreshing work – Hope there is much more to come :-) Keep painting dudes!

  • http://redstonean.deviantart.com chk

    What’s the use of this mass urban repainting, forcing the residents to repaint their houses in a certain scheme which some or most of the residents might not fully accept.

  • Beatriz

    Como se adiantasse alguma coisa dar uma pintadinha por fora, e melhorasse a qualidade de vida de alguém da comunidade.

    Fora o desconforto visual. Imagine ter que passar por essas ruas todos os dias, e ver essas cores gritando.

    Achei muito feio, prefiro tijolinhos à vista.

    Ah além disso tudo, é invasivo demais. Os caras tratam a moradia das pessoas como um painel para a arte deles.

  • TM

    Do you people realize that many of those “houses” are badly ventilated, or not at all. They don´t have proper sweage systems and the area they are at is controlled by drug dealers.

    Apart from that, favelas are a shameful testmony of lack of planning, bad government, corruption and disrespect for our professional practice, which is contantly taken for granted.

    Nothing against those people who struggle to live in those places when nothing else is offered.

    I know that there´s nothing to do with the paintings. But my general idea for favelas is to put them down and make them better by respectful, healthy, community dirven urban planning, and not trying to give poverty some color…

  • brasileiro / brazilian

    We share this point of view

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  • Juliano

    I am an architect. I have a friend – who is also an architect – who had her comment – deleted from this thread just because she said she did not appreciate this work. She was 10 times more polite than I am being now.

    Once one work has been published on the internet, it is subject to receiving comments of any sort – either positive or, unfortunatelly, negative.

    Hope this comment is not deleted as well. Because I did not like this art.


  • Lucas Vidal

    Realmente é muito bom encontrar artistas que demonstram interesse de expor seu trabalho no Brasil, é fantástico o modo como esses holandeses conseguiram demonstrar sua arte perante um povo que necessita dela. Gostaria muito de ver mais mostrar como “O Morro” aqui no Brasil, mas por enquanto vou me contentando com o Museu Rodin em Salvador.

  • Juan Cristobal

    Like a Valparaiso 2.0

  • DauD ArC

    perfetto ragazi PERFETTO!!

  • http://www.orgone-design.com spasmody

    very good initiative, very successfull. Moreover, we often forget that favelas are a very good town planning

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  • Remkool

    I don´t like this “dutch colors concept”.
    But the idea can be a strong engine for begin
    to change some things for this people…
    Lula made nothing for this 50 milion brazilians
    Thay make paintings, music, sports….

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  • http://www.dowkimbrell.com Dow Kimbrell


    I know I’m late to post this, but I wrote up a review of this project that you might like.



  • http://humanforhumanssake.blogspot.com analia

    I appreciate this color therapy. Living in this kind of environment is tumultuous. Even tho this is not a complete change, it brings attention to the Favela.