The Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas Economicas (FIPE) researched by request of the town hall, the number of children living in the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. They enumerated 1842 children living by their own on the streets with any kind of adult surveillance. The research says they use distincts strategies to survive.
I worked on this painting on my painting school and was surprised by the reaction of the other students. For instance one old lady told me she would pray for me. People started look at me as I was crazy by "painting such a dreadful delinquent". "Who would buy this?". One lady asked why I couldn't paint something "usual". I told her: "We live in a city with more than 1800 children sleeping in the sidewalks and you are painting a german castle for weeks, now who is the one painting something unusual?".