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Adriana Oliver is best known for her flat, Pop-inspired portraits of faceless men and women, which riff on 1950s and ’60s film stills. Her figures, which she paints in muted blocks of color and demarcates with thick, black outlines, lack individuality as the artist reduces them to signifiers of traditional masculinity and femininity. Oliver has exhibited in Tokyo, Taipei, London, Basel, and São Paulo. She has also collaborated with Japanese fashion brand ADAM ET ROPÉ to make clothing that features her distinctive imagery. Oliver got her start in photography before moving on to painting, which she feels is better suited to narrative nuance. With her spare and haunting style, she invites viewers to reflect on how gender is constructed.

Selected exhibitions
2020
ONE BRIEF MOMENTDopeness Art Lab
2019
All the lonely peopleGaleria Houssein Jarouche
2018
Adriana Oliver - A Night ThoughtDuran Mashaal
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Shadow of Light, 2017

Acrylic on canvas
39 2/5 × 39 2/5 in
100 × 100 cm
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Location
Montreal
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Adriana Oliver is best known for her flat, Pop-inspired portraits of faceless men and women, which riff on 1950s and ’60s film stills. Her figures, which she paints in muted blocks of color and demarcates with thick, black outlines, lack individuality as the artist reduces them to signifiers of traditional masculinity and femininity. Oliver has exhibited in Tokyo, Taipei, London, Basel, and São Paulo. She has also collaborated with Japanese fashion brand ADAM ET ROPÉ to make clothing that features her distinctive imagery. Oliver got her start in photography before moving on to painting, which she feels is better suited to narrative nuance. With her spare and haunting style, she invites viewers to reflect on how gender is constructed.

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