Arlin is Brazilian, based in New York and São Paulo. He is 32 years old and was born in the city of Tatuí, in the countryside of São Paulo. As a child, he loved to play with wood blocks, putting things together and then dismantling them again in a small woodshed where his father passed his time making birdcages and other small objects with wood.
As a teenager, specifically at the end of 1999, Arlin began with graffiti, painting trains in his neighborhood. In 2007, he graduated with a degree in industrial design. A year later, when he moved to São Paulo, he combined this passion for art with design, while he worked as an art director in various advertising agencies.
Quickly, Arlin began to piece together a type of deconstructionism, inspired by his childhood in the little woodshed. He created a very distinct style, giving life to his abstract creations that seem to be emerging from a digital work.
Beyond just painting in the streets, the artist moved toward fine arts and began to study new possibilities. Each time in a more elaborate form, animals are Arlin’s principal theme, creating a species of synthetic nature fragmented by the influence of the modern technological world.
Today, in addition to canvasses, his elaborate paintings are executed in large scale around the world, bringing a little more of color to city walls.
“… This is a special wall for me. This animal, the mico-leão-preto (or black lion tamarin in English) lives only in my home state of São Paulo, Brazil. The population of the mico has decreased dramatically due to devastation of its natural habitat – to the point that it was thought to be extinct for 65 years. Today, the mico-leão-preto population has risen to around 1,500, thanks to conservation efforts, especially @institutoipe
Thank you to @havaianaseurope / @havaianas for another opportunity to bring the story of Brazilian biodiversity to the world.
This design as well as a Brazilian macaw and jaguar are currently available worldwide as limited edition series of @havaianas flip flops, and proceeds help to support @institutoipe incredible conservation work in Brazil.
Thanks to @globalstreetart and @itaewon____ for the support…”