The project was founded in 2005 when Haas&Hahn traveled to Brazil to make a documentary on hiphop in the communities of Rio and Sao Paulo. They decided to start a series of art projects together with the local community of Vila Cruzeiro - and later also in Santa Marta. While the organization grew and projects spawned all around the world, from Philadelphia to Haiti, the Favela Painting project in Rio de Janeiro kept growing and developing. Nowadays it is a local self-run project, operated from the community of Vila Cruzeiro itself - supported by the Amsterdam based United Painting Foundation.

all designs by Jeroen Koolhaas /