The first Favela Painting Project started in 2005 when Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn painted a large artwork together with community members in Rio de Janeiro. The impact of this project inspired them to go on and create large scale community art projects all over the world. Jeroen and Dre, who once started as pioneers, became leaders in the field and now speak and consult worldwide and are still actively involved in several favela painting projects.

Favela Painting mixes elements from different fields, such as community art, urban planning, social design, to generate a broad range of social impact