Maria Klabin


oil paint on linen
27 5/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Maria Klabin’s work engages with scenes, occurrences, and landscapes that permeate everyday life and thus, have been seen and experienced exhaustively. In dealing with omnipresent elements, Klabin extracts the cadence of their recurrence, seeking to capture the formal rhythm embedded in the repetition, or banality, of their existence. The artist’s process lays in constantly producing and assembling drawings, photographs, and annotations, which she draws from her immediate entourage. The accumulation of thoughts and images entwine and come to make sense as a whole, unveiling intriguing relations that form the backbone of the artist’s pictorial endeavor. In her own words, Klabin develops her work ‘as if writing a story, or a diary, but a diary of things that don’t really happen. It’s a narrative that could only be told through painting, but that touches themes that seem closer to writers than to painters.’

Solo exhibitions include Entre Rio e Pedra, Galeria Silvia Cintra (2017), Rio de Janeiro; E o dia havia acabado, quando começou, Galeria Silvia Cintra (2014), Rio de Janeiro; amongst others. Group exhibitions include: Abrasive Paradise, Kunsthal KADE (2022), Amstersfoort; Já estava assim quando eu cheguei, Ron Mandos (2020), Amsterdam; Festival de Arte Contemporânea, SESC VideoBrasil (2012/13), São Paulo; Novas Aquisições da Coleção Gilberto Chateaubriand, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio) (2012), Rio de Janeiro; Rumos 2005/06 Paradoxos Brasil, Itaú Cultural (2006), São Paulo; Além da Imagem, Paço Imperial (2006), Rio de Janeiro; amongst others. Her works are also part of important institutional collections, such as Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, and Itaú Cultural, São Paulo.

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