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Montes Claros, Brazil, 1969.
Lives and works in Salvador, Brazil.
Represented by Paulo Darzé Galerias.
PIPA Online 2011 winner.
Works in the PIPA Institute Collection
Video produced by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2011.
Solange Farkas, Director and Curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil-
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, “Reinvented 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.
-“Olhar Contemporâneo”, Paulo Darzé Art Gallery, Salvador, Brazil.
-Bahia and Buenos Aires Project, in Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil; and Museum of Belle Arts “Benito Quinquela Martín”, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
-Contemporary projectiles, Rede Nacional de Artes Visuais.
-“Emergências”, FUNARTE Museum Capanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
-Group exhibition, “Positions 02”, Goethe Insituto, Salvador, Brazil.
-“Bahian paintings”, Casa Arvore, Porto, Portugal.
-“Contemporary painting Brazil-Portugal”, Leiria, Portugal.
-Third Edition Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
-“Portuguese screens in Brazil”, Celebration of 500 years of MAB discovery, Salvador, Brazil.
-Bahia now Collective Lamar Musical Project, Spain.
-Project “cultural ways”, Exhibitions in São Paulo, Pelotas, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
-“Paintings: alternative repertoires”, São Paulo Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Contemporary Bahia Painting”, Aloísio Magalhães Museum of Art, Recife, Brazil.
-V Salão MAN Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, 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, Brazil.
-Litography Cultural Centre of Belo Horizonte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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