(this page was last updated in August 2022)
Natal, Brazil, 1984
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil
Represented by Nara Roesler gallery
PIPA 2019 nominee.
“Barbalho studied philosophy and started his career as a writer, having published short stories, novels and poetry, and founded the independent press Edições Vira-lata. After experiencing what he describes as ‘a crisis in relation to the limitations of written language’, the artist embraced pictorial language as his preferred means of expression. Working primarily with drawing, Barbalho produces extremely intricate yet unplanned compositions in which a multitude of images, symbols and colour fields merge into each other to create seamless vibrating surfaces. The artist is drawn to the immediacy of the medium both in material terms (as an art form that requires only pen and paper) and as a non-hierarchical and non-regulated space that allows him to articulate disparate references from history, high and low culture, philosophy and daily life in a sort of ‘exploded literature’ that emerges from fragmented narratives.”
by Kiki Mazzucchelli.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2019: