Street artist Fabio de Oliveira Parnaiba, better known as CARNIO. A Brazilian artist who began his artistic career as a child on the streets of Sao Paulo. In 1998, CARNIO decided that the gray and neglected walls of Sao Paulo needed some help and renewal, needed a colorful boost… After finishing filling his city with his works he started doing so in other cities around the world like Berlin, Jaffa Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, New York and more.
CARNIO's sources of inspiration, he says, stem from life itself, the street, cartoons and Salvador Dali's unique surrealism. CARNIO's art began on the walls of Sao Paulo, and the choice of the medium of the street, never left him.
CARNIO is skilled in free painting with spray and over the years the blue Indian figures have become his trademark on the street. The use of the characters he creates is meant to empower the people of Brazil and show them the struggles they face in a competitive, global and unforgiving world. The characters in CARNIO's work are wearing Nike, they have smartphones, they eat fast food, ride bicycles, they have countless shapes and clothes, and they were born with the intention of creating a character that is directly related to Brazil's character. The contrast between the spirituality of the Blue Indians and the urban and material environment in which they find themselves, maintains a dialogue about ourselves and the society in which we live.