Thiago Rocha  Pitta, ‘Before the Dawn’, 2017, ICI: Benefit Auction 2017

“Rocha Pitta’s work expresses an enormous force of freedom from the moment that each individual transformation becomes, overall, the gigantic lack of limitation imposed by nature.”
— Botika, Bomb Magazine

Thiago Rocha Pitta’s work delves into the natural world and the modifications, or deterioration, of the physical components of the planet. His approximations to these meditations manifest in various ways, from film, photography, and sculpture. His recent exhibition The First Green at Marianne Boesky Gallery reflected on the evolution of planet earth. Before the Dawn (2017), which featured in the exhibition, shows a group of forceful dark clouds over Australia’s Hamelin Pool, a mirroring sea of rock formations and layered accretions bacterial colonies and sediment—half living, half dead.

Rocha Pitta has held solo exhibitions in art spaces around the world, including Galeria Millan, São Paolo; Gluck50 Gallery, Milan; Andersen Contemporary, Copenhagen; Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro; and Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, among others. —Courtesy of ICI

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, Aspen

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Artist's studio

About Thiago Rocha Pitta

Thiago Rocha Pitta is best known for his “collaborations” with nature, outdoor interventions that harness its forces, processes, and beauty. He has created an inverted fountain by the side of a lake, a performance and video of a small floating boat engulfed in flames, and an installation of mirrors on a cliff to grant viewers the experience walking on the sky. Rocha Pitta is particularly interested in transformation and decay, and even in his static paintings, he seeks to express the essential energy of natural processes, whether in the dissipation of smoke or the descent of fog.

Brazilian, b. 1980, Tiradentes, Brazil, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil