Ernesto Neto
Brazilian, born 1964
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Museu dançante,
Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM)
Ernesto Neto: Cuddle on the Tightrope,
Nasher Sculpture Center
Ernesto Neto - 1/3,
Fondazione VOLUME!

A highly influential contemporary Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto creates large-scale, sensuous environments that evoke bodily experience. Often working with a stretchy, stocking-like fabric in vibrant colors, which he fills with aromatic, organic, or tactile materials such as spices, coffee beans, or Styrofoam, Neto suspends pendulous forms from the ceilings and walls of galleries, or creates spaces walled with membrane-like gauze, into which viewers are invited to enter. These giant stalactites and structures contain phallic forms and orifices suggestive of sexuality. “My work speaks of the finite and the infinite, of the macroscopic and the microscopic, the internal and external, by the masculine and feminine powers,” he says. “But sex is like a snake, it slithers through everything.” Neto considers Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Richard Serra, Tunga, and Cildo Meireles to be …

Read more