For this exhibition, Galerie Agnès Monplaisir has chosen to present two of its Brazilian artists: Marcos Coelho Benjamim and Iuri Sarmento. Both artists have in common a taste for the use of materials and for references belonging to theirs roots and cultures.
Marcos Coelho Benjamim is from Nanuque, in the state of Minas Gerais and Iuri Sarmento was also born in the same state, in Montes Claros, but instead he lives and works today in Salvador (Bahia).
The exhibition is going to be part of the event that puts together the galleries of the neighborhood, Art Saint-Germain-des-Prés 2015, with a double opening on Thursday 28th and Sunday 31st.
MARCOS COELHO BENJAMIM The repetition of the rhythms, the graphic movements and the taste of geometry characterize the work of Marcos Coelho Benjamim. The artist uses worn out materials with rough surfaces, as the zinc, the iron or the fabric, whose irregularity adds a tactile value to his works often of large sizes. The work of Benjamim reveals an intense link with the popular culture and the wealth of Minas Gerais, in its tradition of the crafts and the recycling of materials.
IURI SARMENTO His paintings are true collage. Its Pop-Barroque compositions praise the excess and saturation. He joins the juxtaposition of unlikely colors, a myriad of different textures and details —bright and opaque stripes and balls, flowers and geometric shapes— an exceptional vocabulary of pictorial effects. In Iuri Sarmento’s works, rich in colors and in details, the popular art joins a reinvented, diversified art which leads to baroque paintings, integrating a touch of Pop art. The references to the techniques of the porcelain and the embroidery are present in his work, like asulejos, the Portuguese blue and white ceramic tiles, or pictorial fragments of universal icons.