Catch Miami restaurant at The James Royal Palm in Miami Beach was buzzing with media Aug. 23 for Hennessy's latest limited edition bottle launch. Brazilian artists Os Gemeos, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo , are identical twin brothers known for their colorful art work on the streets of their hometown, Sao Paolo. The duo attended the event to dine on Mahi Mahi Wonton tacos, parmesan-truffle fries and chat about the inspiration behind their playful Hennessy V.S., bottle design."There was a strong hip-hop culture in Brazil in the '80s and graffiti was a way to play as a child," Otavio said. "We would draw at home and then go paint in the city." Listening to the earliest forms of hip-hop and breakbeats, Otavio and Gustavo also gained artistic influence from their older brother who influenced them with his love of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. "We still listen to everything from opera to rock to hip-hop while we're creating art," Otavio said. "The bottle design came together like a dream."
The brothers are amazing to simply watch. They finish each others sentences, admit they are inseperable and do everything together and this cohesiveness is evident in their work which flows with a happy vibe that reall reflects the energy of this pair. "This was the first time we designed a bottle and when we visited the Hennessy cognac plant and took a tour, we were happy to see how a lot of famliy tradition is involved, just like in our work," Gustavo said. "When you look at this bottle, we want you to play with your imagination."
Although the pair once worked traditional banking jobs in 1995, they never stopped drawing or holding onto their dream of creating art in their twin dream world--a world which they claim to live in 24/7.
"We are not street artists or graffiti writers," Gustavo added. "We are artists and coming from Brazil, we are a very happy people. Brazilian people have really good skills to transform sadness into happiness."