Tiago Carneiro da Cunha

Brazilian, b. 1973

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Tiago Carneiro da Cunha

Brazilian, b. 1973

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In small, imperfectly finished ceramic figurative sculptures, Tiago Carneiro da Cunha explores dark and unsettling subject matter, satirizing social issues including sex, money, power, and violence. Carneiro da Cunha’s grotesque figures—monkeys, beggars, and miscreants—appear in menacing or desperate situations that are heightened by the artist’s messy, gestural modeling and dripping polychrome glaze. In Homem de Lama Grande (Large Mudman) (2010), he presents his recurring figure of the Mudman, a primal character whose form appears subsumed in heavy drips. Carneiro da Cunha studied under the British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Liam Gillick, among others.

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Biography

In small, imperfectly finished ceramic figurative sculptures, Tiago Carneiro da Cunha explores dark and unsettling subject matter, satirizing social issues including sex, money, power, and violence. Carneiro da Cunha’s grotesque figures—monkeys, beggars, and miscreants—appear in menacing or desperate situations that are heightened by the artist’s messy, gestural modeling and dripping polychrome glaze. In Homem de Lama Grande (Large Mudman) (2010), he presents his recurring figure of the Mudman, a primal character whose form appears subsumed in heavy drips. Carneiro da Cunha studied under the British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Liam Gillick, among others.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
group
Group show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)