Artist

Véio

Véio ( Cícero Alves dos Santos )
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Biography

Véio
[Cícero Alves dos Santos]
1948, Nossa Senhora da Glória – SE

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


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES

2017 - Bestiary, Centro Cultura São Paulo (CCSP), São Paulo - Brazil
2017 - Suddenly into the World, Galeria Estação, São Paulo - Brazil
2017 - Suddenly into the World, Gustavo Rebello Art, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
2016 - The Many and the One: Brazilian Contemporary Art, Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo – Brazil
2016 - Entreolhares – poéticas d’alma Brasileira, Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo - Brazil
2016 - Véio, SEEDS Gallery, London - UK
2015 - A particular collection - Contemporary art at Pinacoteca collection, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo - Brazil
2015 - 10th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre | RS - Brazil
2015 - Desdobramentos, SESC Santo Amaro, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
2015 - Becoming Marni, parallel to the 56th Venice Biennale, Abbey of St. Gregory , Venice - Italy
2014 - Cicero Alves dos Santos - Véios | Sculptures Galeria Estacao, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
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
2010 - Véio | Esculptures, MAP – Museum of Popular Art, Diadema | SP – Brazil
2009 - Imaginary Voices, National Centre of Folklore and Popular Culture - Edison Carneiro Museum, Rio de Janeiro | RJ - 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
2001 - All Together, Gallery Ox Foot, Rio de Janeiro | RJ - 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

COLLECTIONS PUBLIC / INSTITUTIONAL

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

Press

Divirta-se - Estado de S Paulo

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Guia - Folha de São Paulo

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Cultura e Artes - O Estado de São Paulo

Open

Revista VOGUE Brasil

Open

Serafina - Folha de São Paulo

Open

Revista E Online | Sesc SP

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