As we come to the end of 2021, we have decided to create staged conversations between living contemporary artists and their self-taught companions both of whom have works in the Galeria Estação collection. Some of these artists are alive and some not.
André Ricardo, a painter from São Paulo, who recently had a successful exhibit at Galeria Estação connects with Alcides, a Bahian painter whose works he deeply admires.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, the painter and sculptor Germana Monte-Mór finds similarities in the paintings of José Bernnô.
Júlio Villani, from Marília, São Paulo, with his DIY works made from objects collected from fairs and markets in Paris where he lives and the Ceará sculptor Nino find in their imagination common points of reference.
Martin Lanezan, an Argentine artist residing in Brazil, places in his paintings on fabric the memories of his childhood in the country. José Antônio da Silva, a painter from Salles de Oliveira, SP uses his brush to portray fields of plantations, crops, pastures with cattle and many other themes of animals and characters in nature.
Painter and sculptor from São Paulo, Moisés Patricio embodies the Brazilian syncretism by exploring the Afro-Brazilian religiosity and ex-votos so characteristic of the Northeastern culture of the country.
From the state of Piauí, the woodcut artist Santídio Pereira focuses on the dialogue with nature and identifies perfectly (in addition to adoring his work!) with the sculptuor José Bezerra, a resident of a semiarid region of the state of Pernambuco whose sculptures are made from random logs found in the forest.
We invite you to come and visit this exhibition, which showcases the always inclusive and sophisticated perspective of Galeria Estação.
Baião de Dois
Since its opening in 2004, Galeria Estação has been in the search of unusual artists to create its own poetics. The artists who work with us have the power to communicate through their works. As their production increases, new stories emerge.
Until 2016, our work was mainly aimed at artists who started to produce art in the 70s. Since then, we have come to know them better and appreciate the work of many artists with little schooling and in many cases without any formal education. This has been a long process and unfortunately, not every one of them has had the privilege of listening to the rumors resulting from their works and the different critics analyzing each of their pieces.
We can see in the works of today's artists a new generation drawing inspiration from their ancestors. We can therefore conclude that this new artistic generation has a very broad base to be explored. It will allow them to use these tools to produce and obtain more and more fascinating results.
The new artists are building their legacy on the art scene. They have a way of doing their work that is closely related to how the culture has changed in recent years. However, it is worth remembering that their inspiration from the past has an influence on current works.
As we looked closely at our collection, we came to a promising conclusion: the idea of finding common ground between two artists from different eras brings an unexpected look to the exhibition.
Let's start with André Ricardo, a painter whose solo show has just taken place at the gallery. Born in São Paulo and raised on the Southside of the city, his connection is with Alcides from the state of Bahia. Both demonstrate a geometric design on canvas, something immensely genuine. Both draw our attention to their mixture of extremely vivid coloring which even hypnotizes the eyes of those who seek to distinguish the real and unreal in their canvases.
Germana Monte-Mór will dialogue with José Bernnô. A carioca (born in Rio de Janeiro) side-by-side with a São Paulo native, united by the abstract. They trace lines that intersect with the interior color of the canvas. They place in their works that abstract mystery of free interpretation and that's where the beauty of abstraction comes from: the viewer's freedom to interpret.
Julio Villani dialogues with Nino. The first with his ready-made pieces (industrialized objects, taken from their contexts becoming a work of art) of birds and animals built from objects found in fairs and markets in Paris. Nino with carefully traced wooden pieces achieves jaw-dropping results. Despite representing animals, they do not always adhere to the common sense of what is expected and this is what makes them unique.
Moisés Patrício explores black culture through Candomblé. This is a religion he adopts in a way that sets him free and allows him to explore paint and canvas in a completely revolutionary way. As his work is largely based on the religious context consigned to Candomblé, the ex-votos pieces fit together as if they were the last piece of a puzzle: small portraits that their owners, with great care, carved in wood in order to fulfill a vow made and for the grace expected to be received.
Last but not least, Santídio will dialogue with José Bezerra. Santídio presents his interesting woodcuts of figures showing different expressions, an enigma to those who observe them. Zé Bezerra shares the same with wooden objects that resemble animals and people. We also have to carefully analyze each piece to identify each of them.
We invite everyone to visit this unusual exhibition that we are putting together.
We really hope you enjoy it.