BIOGRAPHY

Véio [Cícero Alves dos Santos]

1948, Nossa Senhora da Glória | SE - Brasil 

Cícero Alves dos Santos (“Véio”) takes up a unique position within the Brazilian art environment.
His works reveal dimensions that are significantly different from what we call ‘popular art’. His sculptures combine aspects of the popular tradition (sculptures in wood, use of the figures suggested by tree trunks and branches, and the use of rudimentary tools) with intense colours- much closer to industrial than to the delicate shades of nature. This stridence, of a somewhat pop nature, is intensified by a formidable imagination, which makes us see hybrid figures in his wood works, figures that blend the characteristics of the animals we know with those of the androids and transformers present in films and cartoons. On the other hand, just with one penknife, Cícero sculpts forms that are minute in size, but bare an enigmatic appearance, bringing back a force once reduced by scale. Men and women climb and go down mountains for no apparent reason; animals straddle each other, and women carry animal body parts on their heads. In these small sculptures, there is a more realistic aspect present in the carving of the shapes of people and animals. However, as yet we do not know the real meaning of his behaviour.


Cícero Alves dos Santos lives in the vicinity of Nossa Senhora da Glória, an important city in the backlands of the state of Sergipe, with some 50 thousand inhabitants. The city public market is very important to the state and attracts people from far afield to trade chickens, asses, pigs and also electronic equipment of all kinds, as well as lots of imported bric-à-brac from China, or maybe from Paraguay.
Coexistence with so ambiguous and so dynamic an environment has further triggered the talent of this rare sertanejo (resident of the backlands of the Brazilian Northeast), who has made the preservation of the memories of his people into the very reason of his existence. Memory is not nostalgia. For this reason, to affirm the entirety of an art originating from a rural world that is steadily disappearing, Cícero had to become the creator of an artistic category that did not exist. This one.

Rodrigo Naves

CV

Individual Exhibition:


2018 Véio - the imagination of wood, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2017 Suddenly into the World, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2017 Suddenly into the World, Gustavo Rebello Art, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2016 Véio, SEEDS Gallery, London, UK


2015 Desdobramentos, SESC Santo Amaro, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2014 Cicero Alves dos Santos - Véios | Sculptures Galeria Estacao, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2010 Véio | Esculptures, MAP – Museum of Popular Art, Diadema, SP, Brazil


2006 Chipped Nation: Véio´s art and metaphor, National Centre of Folklore and Popular Culture, Edison Carneiro Museum, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2003 The things we got, Cultural Area of Legislative Assembly, Aracajú, SE, Brazil


1999 The art and the knowledge, Cultural Area of Legislative Assembly, Aracajú, SE, Brazil


1991 Northeast, Cultural Centre Tancredo Neves, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1986 Véio and Sergipe, Natal Convention Centre, Natal, RN, Brazil



Collective Exhibitions :


2017 Bestiary, Centro Cultura São Paulo (CCSP), São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016 The Many and the One: Brazilian Contemporary Art, Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2015 A particular collection - Contemporary art at Pinacoteca collection, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2015 10th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


2015 Becoming Marni, parallel to the 56th Venice Biennale, Abbey of St. Gregory , Venice, Italy


2014 Frestas Art Trienal Sesc Sorocaba, Sorocaba, SP, Brazil


2014 Armadillo: Soccer, Adversity and the Culture of the Caatinga, Museu de Arte do Rio – Mar,Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2014 Almost a figure, Almost a shape, Estação Art Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2014 Vivid Memories Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, França


2013 Crossed worlds: Art and Popular Imaginery, MAM, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2012 Histoires de Voir Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France


2012 Stubbornness of Imagination - Ten Brazilian Artists, Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2012 Stubbornness of Imagination - Ten Brazilian Artist, Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2010 Brazilian Art beyond the system, Estação Arte Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2009 Imaginary Voices, National Centre of Folklore and Popular Culture - Edison Carneiro Museum, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2001 All Together, Gallery Ox Foot, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


Public Collections: 


Fondation Cartier pour lart contemporain, Paris, France


Pavilion of Brazilian Cultures, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


MAR - Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


MAM - Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


AfroBrasil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Belenzinho SESC, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Santo Amaro SESC, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

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SP Arte 2013

04.04.2013 - 07.04.2013
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SP Arte 2017

05.04.2017 - 09.04.2017
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SP-Arte 2016

06.04.2016 - 10.04.2016
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SP Arte 2015

09.04.2015 - 12.04.2015
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11.04.2018 - 15.04.2018
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são luís do paraitinga

Véio | Sculptures

19.11.2016 - 10.03.2017
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rio de janeiro

Véio | Suddenly into the World

25.04.2017 - 25.05.2017
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london

Véio at SEE••DS Gallery

28.01.2016 - 30.09.2016
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SP Arte 2010

29.04.2010 - 02.05.2010
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são paulo

Cícero Alves dos Santos [Véio] - Sculptures

30.10.2014 - 20.12.2014

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