Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro to a family of artists, Joao Salomao aka PIXOTE moved to New York City in the early 90’s and was immersed in the Lower East Side music, skateboarding and graffiti scenes. With a style that strongly resembles the pixação style from his home country, Joao presents NYC's landscape with a sea of script atop the city’s greatest heights.
Joao has also created a parallel body of work with his abstract expressionist fine art. He has shown at the 2012 and 2013 Art Basel in Miami, Allouche Gallery Soho, Gallery 151 Chelsea, Castle Fitz Johns Gallery LES, Damon Dash’s creative factory “Poppington”, Galeria Fosco in Rio De Janeiro, as well as many more.
In addition to his fine art and graffiti, Joao has collaborated with numerous lifestyle brands, musicians, and interior designers to cultivate a creative design for custom imagery, typography, and illustration. The artist has also been featured in highly regarded publications such as, VICE, Frank 151, and Mass Appeal, recognizing his widespread following and the up rise of his brand and style. He has been photographed and published in the book, SURFACE, by the international photographer, Soren Solkær, displaying many of the world's most infamous and praised street artists and graffiti writers.