Carlos Contente

(this page was last updated in November 2021)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1977.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PIPA 2010 nominee.

Born in the suburbs of the better days, today I research narratives where text and image mix. Drawing is my favorite medium, followed by painting and collage. For a long time I have perceived graffiti and urban interventions as a new counterculture of the 21st century, and I have embraced them in a need to devour the world and show my face-live what I had been told: think global, act local. The drift in the city is the movement of inspiration: I think on the bus, read on the train, observe people who will soon be living scraps in multiple and absurd bodies, like strange characters that structure equally absurd fictions, but with heads; with one foot in politics and the other in art history.

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