Daniel Melim São Paulo, Brazil, b. 1979


Daniel Melim lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. São Bernardo do Campo is also the birthplace of the Brazilian labour movement. Melim studied painting, and inaddition to his major pictorial body of work, has become one of Brazil's leading contemporary muralists. He has a long-standing involvement in political and social projects in his city's communities, incorporating graffiti into participatory and educational processes.


Since 2000 Daniel Melim develops urban interventions using stencil, rescuing this style, which is, historically, the origin of the street art in Brazil. Its production is characterized by the selection of locations, seeking deteriorated spaces that provides numerous compositional elements (colour, texture, position). Part of these works is located in distant neighbourhoods of the ABC Paulista (São Paulo's suburbs), - as Jardim Limpão Project - therefore reaching an audience that usually have little access to art. 


Besides the work on the streets, he has been presenting his paintings - which was developed through the experiences of his urban interventions works - in galleries and museums in Brazil and abroad - such as Choque Cultural Gallery, Afro-Brasil Museum, Latin America Memorial, Valencia Biennale in Spain, MASP and other venues and institutions worldwide. He worked as an art educator in several social projects in São Paulo and has been developing many others by the city suburbs. His line also became illustration for multiple publications such as the Caros Amigos, Ele e Ela, Le Mound, Defish (Belgium) among others.