In the 60s, Wesley started exploring a very personal mythology in his works, starred by his alter ego, the Templar Arkadin. During the same period - one of the most hectic in the artist's career - he founded the Magic Realism movement and created one of his most controversial works: SÃ©rie Das Ligas (1962).
In 1961 he had his first individual exhibition at Sistina Gallery in SÃ£o Paulo and also received a commendation in the French advertising Oscar forthe work designed for Renault. Two years later, in 1963, he had his first individual exhibition in Europe, at the Sisitina Gallery in Milan. In August of the same year, Wesley founded the Magic Realism movement with the critic Pedro Manoel Dismondi, the painter Maria CecÃlia Gismondi, the photographer Otto Stupakoff and the writer Carlos Felipe Saldanha in SÃ£o Paulo. Still in 1963 and in SÃ£o Paulo, Wesley incited the first happening in Brazil by exhibiting the SÃ©rie Das Ligas - which had been banned from museums and galleries â€“ at JoÃ£o SebastiÃ£o Bar: with all the lights of the bar out, people appreciated the works of art with the help of flashlights.
In 1964 Wesley participated in several individual exhibitions like at Petite Gallery in Rio de Janeiro, at the Nebehay Gallery in Vienna and collective exhibitions like at Sta.Maria di Piazza Gallery. In the same year, he was admitted in Phases Group in Paris, which held his first exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in SÃ£o Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.
In 1965 he stayed in Japan for six months where he participated in the 8th Tokyo Biennial and received the International Art Promotion Award. During the same year Wesley participated in the notorious OpiniÃ£o 65, at the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro, the exhibition which was decisive for the visual arts path in Brazil from that moment on and also brought the inspiration of Nova FiguraÃ§Ã£o to Brazil. Also in 1965, he participated in an episode of the series The Creative Person, from the American National Educational Television station.
In 1966, Wesley founded the Rex Gallery with Nelson Leirner, Geraldo Barros, Frederico Nasser, Carlos Fajardo and JosÃ© Rezende. It was a different cultural area, a vanguard gallery that reacted to the current systems. At the same period, he participated in several exhibitions at museums and galleries all over the world such as the Emergent Decade exhibition in Guggenheim (New York) and the 33th Venice Biennial.
In 1967, after a year of activities, the Rex Gallery is closed with an exhibition from Nelson Leirner and a happening: the Rex Group created several obstacles, chained all the works to the walls, flooded the rooms with water and offered the works of art to whom succeeded to take them. The general public, equipped with heavy tools and even acetylene, stripped the gallery and the exhibition finished in 8 minutes.
At the end of the decade, in 1969, he presented O HelicÃ³ptero at the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art.