Solange Pessoa


oil on eucatex
38 5/8 X 26 3/4 inches

Beyond the clear references to organic life or prehistoric artistic experimentations, what stands out in Solange Pessoa’s work is a singular, pulsating vitality, which manifests itself in peculiar contours that create figures in which we recognize the primordial movement of genesis. Pessoa’s expansive practice draws inspiration from a plethora of sources: archaeology, prehistoric cave paintings, traditional craft, Brazilian Baroque, and poetry. Her stylization of life assumes a radical depth, offering a particular language for reading and imagining the world. Thus, we see species that carry traits from the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms and convey universality through their most regional aspects.

Her selected solo exhibitions include Longilonge, Ballroom Marfa; Metaflor-Metaflora, Museu Mineiro, Belo Horizonte; Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte; Museu da Inconfidência, Ouro Preto; Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte; and Centro Cultural São Paulo. Pessoa received a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (1996/1997), and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad including the 59th International Biennale di Venezia – The Milk of Dreams, Venice; Reclaim the Earth, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Living Worlds, Fondation Cartier, Lille, among others.

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