Saturday, April 27, 2013


Henrique Oliveira

Born in 1973 in Ourinhos, Brazil
Lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Starting as a painter in the 90′s, Henrique Oliveira has, since 2003, developed installations and sculptures with found materials, especially plywood. Working on projects that are site-specific and on architectonic scale, these materials offer him a palette already “painted” by the city, which he uses as a kind of skin in organic constructions. One of his main researches draws parallels between the disorders of the human body and the precarious occupation of cities in developing countries. Relying on the notion of the accumulation of layers, his practices return constantly to painting on canvas, offering a supportive base to exploit the possibilities of painterly and spatial developments, often bringing up art history subjects.

Solo Exhibitions
2013 – Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (upcoming)
2012 – Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 – Realidade Líquida – Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil
2012 – Ursulinen Prolapse – Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria
2011 – Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France
2009 – Tapumes – Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, USA

Group Exhibitions
2012 – Inside Out and from the Ground Up – Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
2010 – 29ª Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Brazil
2009 – 7th Bienal do MercosulGrito e Escuta”– Porto Alegre, Brazil
2008 – Something from Nothing – Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, USA

Alley Abscess - 2011 - éléments trouvés sur place (mousse, fibre de verre, métal, bois, ciment, plâtre) - 5 x 4,5 x 1,8 m - Favela da Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil - dans le cadre du projet Projeto Travessias

Liquid Reality - 2012 - Construction en stuc, aluminium, PVC, ciment
Vues d’exposition, Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil

Tapumes - 2008 - Bois, PVC et technique mixte - 3,2 x 6,2 x 0,9 m

Bololô - 2011 - Bois, PVC
Vue de l’exposition «Artists in Dialogue #2, Henrique Oliveira, Sandile Zulu»,
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA.

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