José Augusto Amaro Handa, also known as Zezão, born in São Paulo, began his quest to conquer the underworld with graffiti in Sao Paulo in the 90s.
Inspired and motivated by the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Zezão believed it his right to depart from the well-trodden paths with his art and to explore new avenues.
He worked in sewerage systems, in drains, in the rubble of abandoned ruined buildings, in dilapidated blind alleys and dark spaces below viaducts, and so drew attention to a cityscape whose existence many people could barely credit.
Some time later he broadened his activities: he took everyday objects from the trash and created a new existence for them by inventively assembling and painting them.
Even now, for his wood collages he uses objects found in the street such as pieces of lumber used for barricades in Sao Paulo, or he creates a foundation using old treasures like mirrors, trays, car doors, bedsteads...