Arthur Palhano

(this page was last updated in April 2024)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1996.
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
Represented by Portas Vilaseca Galeria

PIPA Prize 2024 nominee.

A graduate of the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Arthur Palhano examines the intricate relationship between action and gesture in painting, unveiling its multiple historical layers through scraping. Both the gesture and the tools chosen to figure his poetic imagery demand a dispute between what is presented as the front and back of the painting, so that they are negotiated as their depths are excavated. His production is closely related to the desire for gastura, revelation and investigation of these multiple layers – material and historical – involved in an artistic process that above all praises an economy of matter in which everything matters. By valorising the choice of these aesthetic procedures, the pictorial physicality reveals a conceptual structure that blurs the boundaries between the tangible and the intangible. He held the solo exhibitions “Dogma”, at Portas Vilaseca (2023, Rio de Janeiro); Doce Bálsamo, at Espaço Oásis (2022, Rio de Janeiro); and Terraço Coberto, in his old house (2021, Rio de Janeiro). He has taken part in group exhibitions at institutions such as MUPA – Museu Paranaense (Paraná), Projeto Vênus (São Paulo), Galeria Aymoré (Rio de Janeiro) and Centro Municipal de Artes Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro).


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