Guilherme “Erasmo” Machado is a Brazilian artist based in Brooklyn. He started painting graffiti in the streets of Rio de Janeiro in 2002 and through his proficiency he was invited to show his work in galleries in Brazil although he didn’t have any experience with fine art.
He came to NY in 2011 to take courses at the School of Visual Arts so he could refine his skills and get trained in new techniques. In 2012 he was invited to show paintings and photographs in a group show in Miami during Art Basel which was his first exhibition out of Brazil.
After a few years living in the city, Erasmo’s art has matured and has also been exhibiting regularly in New York, Brazil, as well as galleries in Europe. Guilherme has an art collective called Moro no Rio, which showcases different artists’ works curated by him. The collective has different outlets and in 2014 he founded the Moro no Rio publisher where he publishes magazines from the artists in the collective. Since it’s inception Moro no Rio has done 2 exhibitions in Rio and one in Brooklyn where he showcases up and coming artists mixed with established names that share similar styles.
Erasmo's abstract paintings are dynamic and fluid, often using gravity to help create the pieces. With almost exclusive use of black and white, Erasmo's pieces jump and and play with light and shadow, despite the flat surfaces of the works.