The visual artist Rafa Monteiro, or just Rafa Mon - is from Monte Sião,
Minas Gerais. She began her career working with fashion design, but she soon
began to venture into plastic arts, her great passion. She started testing her
ultra-colorful drawings in bags and T-shirts, until she experienced painting her
first wall and from then on, she has never stopped.
From 2014, she intensified her politicized works, which only increased
the popularity and reach of her art. Because of her success came a series of
highly visible works, such as the ceiling painting of Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim
and the development of an exclusive print for Adidas in Rio Olympics.
Other notable works include a 350m2 mural in Riocentro, as well as
prints for Salinas and Maria Filó brands. Rafa has also painted several murals
in actions to combat homophobia and last year she produced the largest panel
of her career, the side of a building on Botafogo shoreline, 36 meters high.
Last year she signed two prints for the new collection of
Ipanema/Grendene sandals; she also launched her first collection of notebooks
by 3B publishing house and was invited by WWF to be part of the artistic team
who created actions for one of its campaigns in São Paulo. She started 2019
creating a 600m2 mural in Barra da Tijuca and will soon launch her participation
in another line of Ipanema/Grendene sandals signing three new prints.
Of a tremendous visual impact and with a striking style, her work can be
seen in several points of Rio de Janeiro, where she has been living for 14
years, always imposing herself the challenge of making the “Wonderful City”
even more beautiful.