Brazilian artist Thiago Martins de Melo has taken the art scene by storm with his energetic, layered paintings and complex sculptures, blending history, myths and rituals with emblems of desire and libido. Emblems are certainly central to Aldeia Cruzada (2017), whose double cross of guns and yellow slits recalls the structure of a flag. His work reflects the artist’s research on particular topics ranging from the history of indigenous cultures in Brazil to reexaminations of the Athropfagia movement. His paintings are never quite two-dimensional, and looking at his work is a tactile experience.
In the last year alone, Martins de Melo held solo exhibitions at Gamma Galeria in Guadalajara, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil, and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil; he was also featured in Contemporary Brazilian Arts from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
—Courtesy of ICI
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Gamma Galería