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Paulo Monteiro

Desempregado II (Unemployed II), 2015

Oil and gold leaf on canvas
31 1/2 × 20 in
80 × 50.8 cm
Bidding closed
About the work
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Independent Curators International (ICI) Benefit Auction

At once painting and sculpture, Paulo Monteiro has created a body of work that has pushed the …

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At once painting and sculpture, Paulo Monteiro has created a body of work that has pushed the boundaries of the mediums, as well as the definitions of minimal and conceptual art over the past three decades. In the 1980s, he was one of the founding members of the “Casa7” group, which was important in the revival of …

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Signed and dated verso
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Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM, New York, São Paulo, Brussels
Paulo Monteiro
Brazilian, b. 1961
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A member of the Casa 7 group, which sought to revitalize Brazilian painting, Paulo Monteiro produces paintings, drawings, and sculptures marked by minimal, expressive gestures. Looking to Neo-Expressionists like Markus Lüpertz, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning for reference, Monteiro understands his cohesive artworks as being wholes, rather than the sum of their parts. His background as a comic strip artist lends his work a graphic element that is particularly evident in his drawings from the late 1980s. In these works, deconstructed figures are reduced to recognizable essences through the artist’s reflexive, action-driven lines. Monteiro’s sculptures also showcase the transformative power of gesture; composed by displacing handfuls of matter, they appear as shapes that seem to swell, resembling half-formed faces or masks.

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About the work
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Independent Curators International (ICI) Benefit Auction

At once painting and sculpture, Paulo Monteiro has created a body of work that has pushed the …

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At once painting and sculpture, Paulo Monteiro has created a body of work that has pushed the boundaries of the mediums, as well as the definitions of minimal and conceptual art over the past three decades. In the 1980s, he was one of the founding members of the “Casa7” group, which was important in the revival of …

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Signature
Signed and dated verso
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM, New York, São Paulo, Brussels
Paulo Monteiro
Brazilian, b. 1961
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A member of the Casa 7 group, which sought to revitalize Brazilian painting, Paulo Monteiro produces paintings, drawings, and sculptures marked by minimal, expressive gestures. Looking to Neo-Expressionists like Markus Lüpertz, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning for reference, Monteiro understands his cohesive artworks as being wholes, rather than the sum of their parts. His background as a comic strip artist lends his work a graphic element that is particularly evident in his drawings from the late 1980s. In these works, deconstructed figures are reduced to recognizable essences through the artist’s reflexive, action-driven lines. Monteiro’s sculptures also showcase the transformative power of gesture; composed by displacing handfuls of matter, they appear as shapes that seem to swell, resembling half-formed faces or masks.

Paulo Monteiro

Desempregado II (Unemployed II), 2015

Oil and gold leaf on canvas
31 1/2 × 20 in
80 × 50.8 cm
Bidding closed
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