José Rufino

João Pessoa, PB, 1965.
Lives and works in João Pessoa, PB.

PIPA 2010 and 2012 nominee.
PIPA 2011 Nominating Committee member.

About the artist

José Rufino lives and works in João Pessoa (PB), north-east Brazil. In his art works, he uses objects related to his family history like documents, letters, desks and chairs that appears in his installations, objects and drawings. A whole affective repertoire is presented in his work. The field of art becomes a place for a reinterpretation of the entire personal and family narrative. At the end of the 70′s, attends extension courses from the Extension Coordination – Coex, at Universidade Federal da Paraíba – UFPB. He developed his artistic journey passing from poetry to visual poetry, and then to art-and post designs in the 80′s. The universe of the decline of plantations of sugar cane in Brazil led to his early work on designs and installations with furniture and family and institutional documents. Son of political activists imprisoned by the Brazilian military dictatorship regime in the 60′s, the artist is also well known for his impressive art works of political character. Lately, he has forays into film language and he increasingly develops a work mixing monotypes / furniture / objects and installations.The dichotomized dialogue between memory and forgetfulness contaminates his work completely. Currently, he is professor of the Master in Visual Arts UFPB/ UFPE.

He starts his artistic production in the 1980′s. In 1983, he moves to Recife where he keeps contact with artists and poets related to the postal art and visual poetry, among them Paulo Bruscky (1949). He graduates in Geology at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – UFPE.

In 2010, he exhibits Aenigma at Galeria Milan in São Paulo; Blots & Figments, at Andy Warhol Museum, in Pittsburgh, USA; and Faustus, at Palácio da Aclamação, in Salvador.
He took part in the 25ª Bienal Internacional de São Paulo and in group shows as: Caminhos do Contemporâneo, at Paço Imperial (Rio de Janeiro), both in 2002; in ARCO – Contemporary Art Fair, in Madrid, Spain, in 2001; and in L’Art dans le Monde, at Pont Alexandre III, Paris, in 2000. He held solo exhibitions at Galeria Virgílio, in São Paulo, in 2008; at Galeria Amparo 60, in Recife and in the Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC) – Niterói, in 2005; at Museu Vale, VilaVelha – ES, in 2003; at Adriana Penteado Arte Contemporânea, São Paulo, in1998; 25º Panorama da Arte Brasileira, at MAM/SP, 1997; 6th Havana’s Biennial, 1997: and at the Espaço Cultural Sérgio Porto, Rio de Janeiro, in 1996.

He received his first award at the Concurso do Cartaz da Semana da Biblioteca, held in Recife, in 1988.

The most recent research of the artist deal with the irreversible failure of the body and memories.

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