José Rufino
Brazilian, born 1965
Selected exhibitions
2016
Carbono Galeria at ArtRio 2016,
Carbono Galeria
2015
Central Galeria de Arte at arteBA 2015,
Central Galeria de Arte
Central Galeria de Arte at Artissima 2015,
Central Galeria de Arte

José Rufino creates sculptures, installations, and paintings that explore individual and collective memory. He is best known for installations employing objects related to family histories—furniture, textiles, and letters—which he combines in order to facilitate the reinterpretation of memories, particularly those associated with life under Brazil's military dictatorship. Rufino also frequently employs inkblots and Rorschach images throughout his oeuvre, referencing the inherent subjectivity of individual perception. In a 2000 series, he printed inkblots on documents provided by families of missing political activists. Rufino has also orchestrated an extensive artistic dialogue with the inkblot works of Andy Warhol, combining repurposed snippets of Warhol’s Rorschach images with pages taken from yearbooks from Warhol’s alma mater, colored paper left over from Warhol’s studio, and …

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