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Sergipe born artist Véio shows sculptures in Gustavo Rebello Arte gallery
Exhibition opens on April 25, in Copacabana

April 25th through May 25th, 2017
Gustavo Rebello Art
Av. Atlântica 1702, Loja 8, Copacabana
Tel: +55 21 2548-6163
Monday to Friday, 12am to 8pm
Free admission

Sergipe born Cícero Alves dos Santos, known in the art world as Véio, shows his sculptures carved in trunks, branches and roots between April 25 and May 26 at Gustavo Rebello Arte in Copacabana, this being his first solo exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. The work of this artist combines aspects of popular tradition - such as wood carving, the use of figures suggested by trunks and branches and the use of rudimentary tools - with intense colors, much closer to industrial colors than to the hues of nature.
This somewhat pop strident is intensified by a formidable imagination, which makes us see in his woods hybrid figures, which share traits of the animals we know with the androids and film and cartoon transformers. With a simple knife, Cicero sculpts diminutive forms in size, but with an enigmatic figuration, which restores the strength reduced by the scale.
Cícero Alves dos Santos lives in the vicinity of Nossa Senhora da Glória, an important city in the hinterland of Sergipe, with approximately 50 thousand inhabitants and a renowned fair in the state. The coexistence with such an ambiguous and dynamic environment certainly instigated even more the talent of this unusual “sertanejo”, who made the preservation of the memory of his people the reason for his existence, showing a rural world that is disappearing. This work has already been shown in London, in a solo exhibition at the Seeds Gallery, and has participated in a collective at the Cartier Foundation in Paris.
"When Vilma Eid from Galeria Estação approached me about a show of Véio's work, my affirmative response was immediate. The artist's work has always fascinated me, because it dialogues with the issues of current Brazilian art, it is not restricted to the label of naive and popular art, it transcends it, "analyzes the gallery owner, Gustavo Rebello.
"What attracts attention right away is the free and frank way this imaginary fauna reaches the real. Almost always in motion, more or less as a beast comes out of the bush and suddenly appears before us. I do not know, sincerely, if Véio knows Picasso and Miró. In any case, they know him, they surround his imaginary, and they participate in his production process. The fun way, the spontaneity with which they come to be, a certain relaxed tone of life, perhaps make them more comfortable under the heading of Picturesque ", analyzes the curator of the exhibition, Ronaldo Brito.
Véio is like an agile “repentista” to improvise with the native woods of its wild habitat, accompanying or contradicting the rhymes of its morphology, and taking of them unexpected effects. Some pieces seem to me almost ready-mades of the hinterlands  - two or three inspired maneuvers are enough for the artist to turn the dry branches of a dead tree into a slight creature of sculpture.
"No critical text, however short and unpretentious, would be pardonable to be silent in the face of the way that color is represented in the sculpture of Véio.  Not only because they show open colors, without nuances or shades, extroverted and vibrant, able to compete with the brutal light of the backlands. Even his black seems susceptible to glow in the dark. The important thing is that they act substantively in the definition of the body of the sculpture, characterizing its personality. Intuitively, Véio would make a topological use of color. They promote the interaction between the parts of the parts so as to make them a modern discontinuous Whole. The sculptures are not limited to simple figures projected against a neutral background. They react to their surroundings, they happen in the world, "analyzes the curator of the exhibition, Ronaldo Brito.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 - Véio, SEEDS Gallery, London - England
2015 - Desdobramentos, SESC Santo Amaro, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
2015 - Becoming Marni, a parallel to the 56th Venice Biennial, in the Abbey of St. Gregory, Venice - Italy
2014 - Cicero Alves dos Santos - Véio | Sculptures, Gallery Station, Sao Paulo | SP - Brazil
2010 - Véio | Sculptures, MAP - Museum of Popular Art, Diadema | SP - Brazil
2006 - Chipped Nation: Art and Metaphor of Véio, National Center for Folklore and Popular Culture, Edison Carneiro Museum, Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil
2003 - The Things We Own, Espaço Cultural, Assembléia Legislativa, Aracajú | SE - Brazil
1999 - Art and Knowledge, Espaço Cultural, Assembléia Legislativa, Aracajú | SE - Brazil
1991 – Northeast, Tancredo Neves Culture Center, Belo Horizonte | MG - Brazil
1986 - Véio and Sergipe, Convention Center in Natal, Natal | RN – Brazil

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 - A private collection - Contemporary art in the Pinacoteca collection, Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo - Brazil
2015 - 10th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre | RS - Brazil
2014 - Fresas Triennial of Art Sesc Sorocaba, Sorocaba | SP - Brazil
2014 - Tatu: Football, Adversity and Culture of the Caatinga, Rio de Janeiro Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil
2014 - Almost figure, almost form, Galeria Estação, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
2014 - Vivid Memories, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris - France
2013 - Crossed Worlds: ART AND POPULAR IMAGINARY, MAM, Rio de Janeiro | RJ
2012 - Histoires de Voir, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris - France
2012 - Teimosia da Imaginação - ten Brazilian artists, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil
2012 - Teimosia da Imaginação - ten Brazilian artists, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
2010 - Brazilian art beyond the System, Galeria Estação, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
2009 - Voices of the Imaginary, National Center for Folklore and Popular Culture - Edison Carneiro Museum, Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil
2001 - All together, Galeria Pé de Boi, Rio de Janeiro | RJ – Brazil

PUBLIC / INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris - France
Pavilion of the Brazilian Cultures, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
MAR – Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil
MAM - Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil
AfroBrasil Museum, São Paulo | SP - Brazil
SESC – Belenzinho, São Paulo| SP - Brazil
SESC – Santo Amaro, São Paulo | SP - Brazil