Lourival Cuquinha

(this page was last updated in February 2024)

Olinda, Brazil, 1975
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil

Represented by galleries Baró, Amparo 60, Rainhart and central

PIPA 2010, 2011 and 2014 nominee
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2024

Lourival Cuquinha is a visual artist who works with various media. His work touches on the political field, generally starting from strict and personal impressions. He has not completed any academic course, but he studied Chemical Engineering, Philosophy, Law and History, thus spending ten years at the Federal University of Pernambuco (1993 – 2002). He works in the visual arts, in the areas of plastic arts, audiovisual [photography, film and video] and urban intervention. He has participated in national and international exhibitions, with works characterized by interactivity and dialogue with the public and the urban environment.
Lourival Cuquinha’s work constantly reflects thoughts about the freedom of the individual and the control that society and culture exert over them; as well as the freedom of art and the control exerted over it by institutions. By acting both in the city and in the institution, questioning the status of what is a “work of art” and verifying the limits of institutions when it comes to absorbing transgressive artistic investments, his work leads us to think about the ways in which artists today are positioning themselves in the face of the art system. However, at the same time that his works criticize institutions, they make use of them and permanently negotiate their place, in a continuous drift between criticism and adherence. Traversing an arc that has political inflections and poetic force, Lourival’s work emerges as a place of provocation and leads us to think about the place that art can occupy in these negotiations for the exercise of freedom, thus experimenting with its scope for intervention in the art system itself and in the reality that surrounds it.

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