Born in the north of Brazil (Piauí/ Parnaíba), Galeno lived, studied, and worked most of his life in Brasília. Three years ago moving back to his origins in his birthplace region, the artist deepened his research, enriching it with new meanings and an increasingly broad universe from paintings to sculptures and objects. He creates a new and original geometry, influenced by ancestral elements, connected to his own history. The show proposes a panorama of more recent works with a few historical pieces.
According to curator Marco Antonio Vieira, Galeno’s works seems to “gravitate around the objects picked by his desire as a painter. An encounter of intense colorations in which the figurative elements abandon their anchorage in the scene which would contextualize them to appear as quasi-phantasmatic signs, so as to hint at a chain which denotes dislocation and reiterates a symptomal picture in which the same appears altered yet insistent. There would be, therefore, something tantamount to a structure, which takes on the form of a signature herein. It is within this framework that Galeno is seen.
There is in the manner in which these signs appear in his paintings or objects something of an unlikely encounter between Miró and his sign-chromatic modulations and the suspension of nexus, which marks Dadaism. May the color unmistakably triumph in this paradoxical game of tensions in permanent (un)balance between the figurativism and the markedly constructivist aesthetics on the canvas so as to reiterate this logic of a graphic-pictorial signature…”.”It is his most minimal and quintessential syntactic elements, his scriptural units of style, his pictorial calligraphy so to speak which are favored herein. In his sculptures, composed of chains of repeated wooden objects, Galeno’s visual syntax appears to have borrowed lexicon stemming from music: the concatenation of identical objects, as is the case with the wooden spoons in chains, breeds a visual effect which borders on the musical partition in its notation. Another alphabet thus. Yet another codification. Other hieroglyphs. The visual experience of writing of the ancient Egyptians or the logic of the ideograms would, to us, constitute the most nitid keys to understanding Galeno’s visual rendition of the world”… Galeno has a penchant for geometry and as, the great curator Paulo Herkenhoff says “Galeno creates the sensitive geometry of the Cerrado".
Pablo’s Birthday Gallery
57 Orchard Street
Nova Iorque, Estados Unidos