BIOGRAPHY

Aurelino dos Santos 

1942, Salvador | BA - Brazil

Aurelino dos Santos, who works mainly with painting, has also tried other forms of artistic support, such as tapestry. His works, where geometrisation is the most significant characteristic, represent an idealised architecture with planes, forms and colours. The plastic artist constructs landscapes, seem from above and from the side at the same time, with strong colours and a mix of several different references, passing through phases of Baroque, Concretism and Neoconcretism. Being over 70 years old, Aurelino, who lives in an extremely basic house in the vicinity of Ondina, a Salvador neighbourhood, produces art on a compulsive basis.

He does not know how to read or write, and can only write his name as if he was drawing, with great difficulty of penetration into the universe of language. Accompanied with a madness of unknown and even mysterious reasons, he walks along the streets talking to himself, collecting miscellaneous materials that are moulds for the initial strokes of his work. Everything in the works of Aurelino dos Santos comes down to geometry. The landscapes drawn by the artist, bringing out urban life in a unique manner, are formed from triangles, circles and rectangular forms. The organisation of these forms within his pictures – which, in fact, he never keeps – provokes deep questioning, as it is disorganisation that seems to dominate his mind.

Source: Afro Brazil museum. 

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Individual Exhibitions:


2019 Aurelino dos Santos - A Letra é que faz o mundo, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, BA, Brasil


2013 Aurelino | paintings , Galeria Estação , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


 


Collective Exhibitions:


2019 Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, França


2012-2013 Janet Costa "Look ," Janet Coast Museum of Popular Art , Niterói, RJ, Brazil


2012 Stubbornness of Imagination : Ten Brazilian artists , Instituto Tomie Ohtake , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 Stubbornness of Imagination : Ten Brazilian artists , Centro Cultural Paco Imperial , Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2012 Histoires de Voir : Show and Tell , Fondation Cartier pour l' Art Contemporain , Paris, France


2011 Transfiguration of the Royal Museum Afro - Brazil , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2009 Art Fair Madrid , Pabellón de Cristal, Madrid, Spain


2007 Encounter Between Two Seas : Bienal São Paulo - Valencia , Convento del Carmen, Valencia, Spain


2006 Viva Viva Povo Brasileiro Culture , Museum Afro - Brazil , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 Pop Brazil: folk art and folk art, Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 500 Shows the Rediscovery , Pavilion of the Biennale , Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil


1995 The Heirs of the Night: fragments of the imaginary black , Culture Center of Belo Horizonte , Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1994 Art and Religiosity Afro - Brazilian , Frankfurter Kunstverein , Frankfurt, Germany


 


Public Collections: 


AfroBrasil Museum , Sao Paulo | SP - Brazil


MAM Rio de Janeiro , Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil


Cartier Foundation , Paris | France


 


Selected Publications:


2013 - Exhibition catalog Aurelino | paintings , Galeria Estação , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 - 2013 A Look Janet Costa , Costa Janet Museum , Niteroi, RJ, Brazil


2012 - Exhibition catalog Transfiguration of the Royal Museum Afro - Brazil , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 Stubbornness of Imagination : Ten Brazilian artists , Martins Fontes , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 Histoires de Voir : Show and Tell , Fondation Cartier pour l' Art Contemporain , Paris, France


2007 Encounter Between Two Seas : Bienal São Paulo - Valencia , Convento del Carmen, Valencia, Spain


2006 Viva Viva Povo Brasileiro Culture , Museum Afro - Brazil , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 POP BRAZIL : The art in popular and folk art, Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 500 Shows the Rediscovery , Pavilion of the Biennale , Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil


1995 The Heirs of the Night: fragments of the imaginary black , Pinacoteca de São Paulo , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1994 Art and african Brazilian religiosity , Publisher Brasiliana Frankfurt , Brazil


1988 Hand Afro - Brazilian : Meaning of Historical and Artistic Contribution , Emilio Odebrecht Foundation , São Paulo, SP, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

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Art Week 2018

01.09.2018 - 03.09.2018
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SP-Arte 2014

02.03.2014 - 06.03.2014
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são paulo

SP Arte 2019

03.04.2019 - 07.04.2019
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SP Arte 2013

04.04.2013 - 07.04.2013
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07.11.2013 - 10.11.2013
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SP Arte 2015

09.04.2015 - 12.04.2015
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Histoires de Voir – Show and Tell | 2012

15.05.2012 - 21.10.2012
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são paulo

Janete Costa: A Glance

16.12.2012 - 31.03.2013
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são paulo

Almost a figure, almost a shape

21.08.2014 - 10.10.2014
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são paulo

Aurelino | paintings

26.06.2013 - 31.08.2013
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Outsider Art Fair - New York 2015

29.01.2015 - 05.02.2015