Artist

Aurelino dos Santos

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Biography

Aurelino dos Santos
(born 1942, in Salvador BA).

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.

Photograph: Afro Brazil museum.


Curriculum

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES

2013 - Aurelino | paintings , Galeria Estação , São Paulo | SP
2012 - 2013 Janet Costa "Look ," Janet Coast Museum of Popular Art , Niterói | RJ
2012 Stubbornness of Imagination : Ten Brazilian artists , Instituto Tomie Ohtake , São Paulo | SP
2012 Stubbornness of Imagination : Ten Brazilian artists , Centro Cultural Paco Imperial , Rio de Janeiro | RJ
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
2011 SP -Arte , the Bienal Pavilion , São Paulo | SP
2010 SP -Arte , the Bienal Pavilion , São Paulo | SP
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
Pop Brazil 2002 : folk art and folk art, Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil , São Paulo | SP
2000 500 Shows the Rediscovery , Pavilion of the Biennale , Sao Paulo | SP
1995 The Heirs of the Night: fragments of the imaginary black , Culture Center of Belo Horizonte , Belo Horizonte | MG
1994 Art and Religiosity Afro - Brazilian , Frankfurter Kunstverein , Frankfurt | Germany

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2013 - Exhibition catalog Aurelino | paintings , Galeria Estação , São Paulo | SP
2012 - 2013 A Look Janet Costa , Costa Janet Museum , Niteroi | RJ
2012 - Exhibition catalog Transfiguration of the Royal Museum Afro - Brazil , São Paulo | SP
2012 Stubbornness of Imagination : Ten Brazilian artists , Martins Fontes , São Paulo | SP
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
POP BRAZIL 2002 : The art in popular and folk art, Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil , São Paulo | SP
2000 500 Shows the Rediscovery , Pavilion of the Biennale , Sao Paulo | SP
1995 The Heirs of the Night: fragments of the imaginary black , Pinacoteca de São Paulo , São Paulo | SP
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

COLLECTIONS PUBLIC / INSTITUTIONAL

AfroBrasil Museum , Sao Paulo | SP - Brazil
MAM Rio de Janeiro , Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil
Cartier Foundation , Paris | France

Press

Caderno Divirta-se

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Jornal A Tarde|Bahia

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Jornal A TARDE | Salvador - BA

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