Stephan Doitschinoff (Calma) is a self-taught artist, born in 1977 in São Paulo, Brazil, where he is currently based. As the son of an Evangelical minister, Doitschinoff spent his childhood absorbing the visual vocabulary of religious art. As an artist, he has developed his own unique language and style through imagery that creatively combines Afro-Brazilian folklore with Baroque religious iconography, as well as Alchemic and Pagan symbolism. Stephan’s street alias, Calma (Portuguese for: Calm) is also a shortened version of con alma (Latin for: with soul). He has exhibited in museums and galleries in the US, Brazil and Europe.
In 2005, Doitschinoff moved to the Brazilian countryside of Bahia where he lived until 2008. During this time, the artist created a site-specific public project, embracing the entire surrounding community. In the small village of Lençóis, he painted murals on adobe houses, chapels and even a cemetery. The short film TEMPORAL (directed by Bruno Mitih) documents the process involved in this ambitious endeavor. While living in the Bahia region, Doitschinoff studied the area's culture through local devotional art and street festivals, expanding his ongoing research into the rich history of Brazilian folklore and the syncretism between Christian theology, indigenous/tribal and African spiritual traditions. To watch the film, please click HERE.
Stephan Doitschinoff (aka Calma)
Novo Asceticismo (New Asceticism)
Dec 10 thru Jan 7, 2012
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Five Year Anniversary
Feb 27 thru Mar 27, 2010
Scope Contemporary Art Fair
Dec 2 thru Dec 6, 2009
Stephan Doitschinoff aka Calma
Nov 22 thru Dec 20, 2008