Ernesto Neto

Brazilian, b. 1964

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Ernesto Neto

Brazilian, b. 1964

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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 influences on his practice.

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Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and 7 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
Biography

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 influences on his practice.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and 7 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
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ArtRio Focus: Ernesto Neto, Rio’s Darling Artist
Sep 3rd, 2013
ArtRio Focus: Ernesto Neto, Rio’s Darling Artist
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