We are very happy to host, the Qbic Hotels, an exhibition Brazilian artist, Ricardo Alves da Silva Miranda, also known by his artist name Ricardo Negro, at Qbic Hotel, east London. The Private View is in Qbic Hotel, 42 Adler Street, London E1 1EE on Tuesday 11 April between 6pm and 8pm. The exhibition will be up until mid May. Ricardo is donating 10% of the income from the sale of the paintings to Cafe Art.
Ricardo creates colourful graffiti-style murals and paintings that focus on the architecture of the Favela communities of Brazil and last month he painted a mural for Café Art in our Qbic Hotel base in East London. His exhibition features pictures on canvas and one that he created live in the Havaianas shop in Westfield London in March. Ricardo, who is here to help Brazilian flip flop company Havaianas launch a summer 2017 range based on his paintings, wanted to connect with the London by doing a mural on a wall here and we were really happy when the Qbic Hotel gave him one of their main walls in the hotel.
The Qbic Hotel has given Café Art free storage of our paintings and photographs since November 2014. Julie Fawcett, managing director of Qbic Hotels London says that while Qbic was always set up to be a business that made money, looked after people, do things that normal hotels do, it also had a strong emphasis on ethical behaviour and doing good business. “Part of that is supporting the community and [their] projects surrounding us. So we were absolutely delighted to support this. We have been a long time supporter of Café Art and that relationship has been I think beneficial for both of us. It’s a really great example of how an organisation like us and an organisation like Café Art can come together for mutual benefit. And today we had this amazing work of art drawn on our wall, organised by Café Art, which has been a huge symbol I think of how the two organisations can work together for such a great outcome.”
Ricardo has been doing graffiti art for 16 years. He says his paintings, which focus on images in the marginalised communities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, focus on joy, purity and intimacy. He was flown to London by Havaianas with the art gallery owner Roberta Britto who exhibited his work and helped him contact Havaianas with his ideas and designs for the flip fops in 2015. Roberta explained that Ricardo approached Havaianas with the idea for using his designs on their flip flops. Havaianas decided to open it to other designers and Ricardo submitted 30 designs, and they chose three of his designs. Please come to the exhibition, and not only see Ricardo's mural and his art, but the entire 2017 summer range for Havaianas too. We are also selling prints from the Minha Sao Paulo project run by Cafe Art and With One Voice in November 2015.