Iuri Sarmento

Montes Claros, MG,1969.
Lives and works in Salvador, BA.

PIPA Online 2011 winner.
Video made by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2011.


About the artist

Reinvented Baroque

Relays, overlapping, perspectives. Lush in color and symbolic reference, Iuri Sarmento´s work invites us to visit the Baroque art, now nurtured by new memories and coated with a touch of pop art. Born in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, the artist, who now lives and works in Salvador, first exhibited his work
at the Museum of Modern Art in Bahia, Brazil, in 1999. After investigating for years and after having gone through many experiences, including the fashion field, he appears to present his unknown work, “Reinveted Baroque”.

In his paintings, Iuri practice, almost gradually, the transition from the sensuality of colors and textures to a picture which refers to the history of art, mixed with his personal experiences. In the rich Barroque imagination of his works, the technique of making porcelain, tiles and embroidery are present, some of them stamped with the image of the blue and white tiles of Portuguese Baroque or with pictorial fragments of universal painting icons.

His paintings are true collage. Its Pop-Baroque compositions praise the excess and saturation. He joins the juxtaposition of unlikely colors, a myriad of different textures and details – bright and opaque stripes and balls, flowers and
geometric shapes – an exceptional vocabulary of pictorial effects.

Each of the works exhibited by Iuri raises unique plastic issues. In some of them, the artist allows to disclose his passion for ornaments and his ability to combine geometric and organic shapes: ornamental tiles and bars strolling among his pictures, full of Baroque and Christian connotations.

His work investigates the use of the human body, fashion and beauty as aesthetic elements. His pictures shows a thorough job, rich in color and details, forming a hybrid language between fashion and sculpture, characteristic of his artistic productions.

Despite referring to the Baroque, Iuri´s work has strong contemporary art characteristics due to the use of colors, forms and information. The symbolic density of the artist comes to shock the audience, but at the same time, is responsible for its noticeable projection in the arts circuit.

Group exhibitions

Olhar Contemporâneo  – Paulo Darzé Art Gallery

Bahia and Buenos Aires Project
Museum of Belle Arts Benito Quinquela Martín
Contemporary projectiles
Rede Nacional de Artes Visuais
FUNARTE Mueseum Capanema Rio de Janeiro

Group exhibition – Positions 02 – Goethe Insitut – Salvador, BA, Brazil

Bahian paintings at Casa Arvore – Porto – Portugal

Contemporary painting Brazil Portugal -Leiria – Portugal
Third Edition Mercosul Bienal – Porto Alegre

Portuguese screens in Brazil
Celebration of 500 years of MAB discovery/ Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Bahia now Collective Lamar Musical Project / Spain
Project cultural ways
Exhibitions in São Paulo, Pelotas, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte
Paintins: alternative repertoires
São Paulo Itaú Cultural

Contemporary Bahia Painting
Aloísio Magalhães Museum of Art
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

V Salão MAN Museum of Modern Art
Salvador , Bahia, Brazil
Tropicália 30 anos
Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

IV Salão MAM
Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil


Collective Group “Oito”
Cultural Centre of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I Salão MAM – Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

XXIII Museum of Modern Art Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Contemporary utopia and icons of utopia
Palace of Arts, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cultural Centre of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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