(this page was last updated in August 2022)
São Paulo, Brazil, 1983.
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
PIPA Prize 2022 nominee.
“Luiz 83 is the stage name of Luiz dos Santos Menezes. Born in 1983 in the city of São Paulo, he works and lives in this city. Self-taught, his training derives from the experience acquired on the streets of the city as a ‘pichador’, activity that offered the beginning of a plastic vocabulary that has been refined from researches that the artist develops with a considerable degree of inventiveness in more conventional mediums, such as drawing, painting and sculpture. His professional experience as an assembler of art exhibitions also offers him the opportunity to remain closely in touch with works of classic and contemporary character, opportunity that results in a knowledge that is sensitively assimilated. In his works, it is possible to notice a concretism of a very peculiar type and undoubtedly sophisticated in the formal solutions and in the conceptual and of a POP nature arrangements, trait also perceived through a chromaticism that generally favors bright colors of intense luminosity. The artist has also dedicated himself to performances where he questions the social place of Black people and thematizes the relationship of the body with his artistic doing and interactions with the city. The artist participated in several solo and group exhibitions, among which is the “Z” solo show in Tato gallery and the group shows ‘Street Art Trends in the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture’ and ‘Pretatitude: insurgencies, emergencies and affirmations in Afro-Brazilian contemporary art’ in SESC Ribeirão Preto, São Carlos, Vila Mariana and Santos”.
Claudinei Roberto da Silva – Curator
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