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A voracious reader who trained as an architect, Julião Sarmento produces paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and mixed-media works infused with literature and architectural imagery. He is heavily influenced by the Postmodern aesthetic, in which existing texts and images are appropriated and re-combined to create new meaning and to challenge ingrained patterns of thinking. In Lick My Eyes (2005), for example, he combines two snippets of text—one concerning contestation, the second about redefining the notion of God—with a doubled image of a headless woman bent over a chair. Through this combination, Sarmento seems to present a sardonic view of the possibility of challenging established ideas by “illustrating” the texts with figures that look weak and vulnerable. Sarmento’s work reflects his effort to find his place, and to define himself, in a dramatically changed and unstable world.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Julião Sarmento, UndisclosedCarolina Nitsch Contemporary Art
2016
MIXTAPE 2016Pilar Corrias Gallery
2013
Julião Sarmento: 75 photographs, 35 women, 42 yearsPilar Corrias Gallery
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Five Frames (black and grey grey), 2014

Indian ink on glass and metal frame, water-based enamel on glass on wooden frame, "bic" on paper on wooden frame, inkjet print on wooden frame
16 1/2 × 62 2/5 in
42 × 158.5 cm
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Location
Barcelona
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A voracious reader who trained as an architect, Julião Sarmento produces paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and mixed-media works infused with literature and architectural imagery. He is heavily influenced by the Postmodern aesthetic, in which existing texts and images are appropriated and re-combined to create new meaning and to challenge ingrained patterns of thinking. In Lick My Eyes (2005), for example, he combines two snippets of text—one concerning contestation, the second about redefining the notion of God—with a doubled image of a headless woman bent over a chair. Through this combination, Sarmento seems to present a sardonic view of the possibility of challenging established ideas by “illustrating” the texts with figures that look weak and vulnerable. Sarmento’s work reflects his effort to find his place, and to define himself, in a dramatically changed and unstable world.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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