Paulo Monteiro, ‘Untitled’, 2012, Zipper Galeria

About Paulo Monteiro

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.

Brazilian, b. 1961, São Paulo, Brazil, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Group Shows

Fair History on Artsy

2016
Mendes Wood DM at ARCOmadrid 2016
2015
Mendes Wood DM at Art Basel 2015
2015
Mendes Wood DM at Frieze New York 2015
2015
Mendes Wood DM at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015
2014
Mendes Wood DM at ArtRio 14
2014
Mendes Wood DM at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014
2014
Mendes Wood DM at Frieze NY 2014