Brazil contemporary art digital photo art experimental photography Felipe Mandarino Lima photo art portrait art



// Felipe is a Brazilian photographer, founding member of the street photography collective Street Avengers, and a digital artist who, when not doing street photography, enjoys portraiture and abstract or art photography. For a book he is planning he creates fascinating photographic mandalas, of which we are pleased to show a set.

Felipe studied photography at the Panamericana School of Arts in São Paulo, Brazil, and he has participated in two exhibitions (RAW and Interfoto Itu – Brazil). His work has been influenced by Ralph Gibson, Man-Ray, Francesca Woodman, Peter Lindbergh, Daido Moriyama, Richard Avedon, Saul Leiter, Helmut Newton, Bruce Davidson, André Kertész, and many others. Felipe also plays the guitar, with a penchant for jazz, rock, and Brazilian instrumental music.

“Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.”

Pema Chodron

What draws you to art?

“Well, I breathe art every day in my life: I’m cinephile, so I watch a lot of movies (my favourites are Nouvelle Vague era, German Expressionism and the Italians, like Fellini, Luchino Visconti and my favourite of all time, Bernardo Bertolucci. I also love Blade Runner/Ridley Scott). Before Covid I always went to several exhibitions (photographers, painters, sculptures), music shows (I play the guitar since I was 8 years old, I studied jazz guitar on ULM (Music University of São Paulo Province). I love jazz, classic rock, funk, and Brazilian instrumental music.” 

What do you like best about your photo art portraits?

“I don’t click what I see, I click (and create digital art) about what I feel inside. I talk about it.”

The Mandala’s series is part of a photobook Felipe is planning to produce, called “Mirror”. Mirror tells, in a very introspective way, his relationship with women in his life (from a “dreamless”perspective).

Felipe processes his photos in programmes that provides a kaleidoscope option (from Mac photoshop to a mobile app like Diana Lite). It is always two or more pictures mixed together.

The interesting and beautiful results speak for themselves.

Images may be cropped for layout. Click on the photos to see the full image.


To see more of his photography visit Felipe´s Instagram page (he has several and is also a founding member of Street Avengers and, a more recent project, the Kalopsia Collective, which also features beautiful artful photography, and Street B Sides.

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