Monday, May 23, 2011


Stephan Doitschinoff (aka Calma) is a self-taught artist based in Bahia and São Paulo, Brazil. As the son of an Evangelical minister, Stephan spent his entire childhood absorbing the visual vocabulary of religious art. As an artist, he has developed his own unique language and style through imagery which creatively combines Afro-Brazilian folklore with Baroque religious iconography, as well as Alchemic and Pagan symbolism.
Stephan’s street alias, Calma (Portuguese for: Calm) is also a shortened version of con alma (Latin for: with soul). He has exhibited in museums and galleries in the US, Brazil, and Europe.

From the artist: “I personally see the church as an archaic institution that always aimed to control the masses. I think it is an appropriate symbol for corrupt modern institutions like big corporations, media channels, and governments.”
Down below you can watch Temporal, a short documentary about him travelling throughout the Brazilian countryside of Bahia, painting murals where you won't expect to see street art.

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