Brazilian street art is coming to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The exhibit, titled Brazilians in America, opens on June 1.
It will feature work by Brazilian street artists including a mural on a wall of a U.S. bank building in New York City.
The mural shows a woman holding a gun in her mouth.
It was painted by a Brazilian artist called Raul Pinto, who works for a company called Bixo.
Pinto said the mural was commissioned by the bank.
He said the wall was the work of a friend.
He also said he painted it to honor a family member, whom he did not identify.
“I just wanted to do something for him,” Pinto said.
He added that he does not know why the mural is being exhibited.
Pernia dos Santos, curator of Americana and African American Art at the Smithsonian, said Brazilians are the first in the world to paint a mural in the United States.
She said the murals represent people from different ethnic backgrounds.
The artworks have a history dating back to the 1940s, said de Paula, a native of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, which is in the Amazon basin.
The artist, known as “Gorillaz,” was also a prolific painter, she said.
De Paula said it is difficult to know the exact dates for the mural and said there is no guarantee that any of the work was created during that period.
But she said it does provide a window into the lives of Brazilian artists who have lived in the U.N. member state for more than half a century.
“This exhibition celebrates the history of Brazilian street artist Gorillaz, a Brazilian painter and urban artist, who lived in Rio de Janeiro for most of his life,” she said in a statement.
Porin, who has been in Brazil for 10 years, said he got the idea for the mural after he saw the wall of the U,S.
Federal Reserve building in Manhattan.
He painted the mural in late 2010 after his friend took it down.
He hopes it will be a part of the Smithsonian collection.
“It’s a reminder of the world we are living in,” he said.
“I hope it will encourage people to be proud to be Brazilians and to see themselves in the art.
Brazilians don’t have to be ashamed to show themselves.”
Porín said he started his business in 2001 and he now has about 70 clients.