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Raul Mourão

Born 1967, Brazil.

Raul Mourão studied at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro and in recent years has become one of Brazil’s most important contemporary artists working across many mediums including painting, sculpture, print making photography, video, installation and performance. Mourão is also a published writer. It is his geometrical sculptures; both indoor and outdoor that Mourão is now best known for. Mourão has held many solo and groups shows at the Balanço Geral, Atelier Subterrânea, Porto Alegre; Cuidado Quente, the Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo; e Chão, Parede e Gente, the Galeria Lurixs, Rio de Janeiro. Paulo. Caixa Cultural Gallery, Rio de Janeiro; the Ponto de Equilíbrio,  Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo; Mostra Paralela 2010, the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, São Paulo; e Travessias, and the Centro de Arte Bela Maré, Rio de Janeiro. Mourão is in many private and public collections.

Mourão’s work is inspired by the human experience of living in an  urban environment.  His abstract and minimal sculptures reduce architecture to its bare minimum resulting in work that is geometrical and sometimes kinetic. His sculptures transform real and imaginary simple structures like railings, fences and other urban features into objects of beauty and highly collected works of art. Art that’s also a channel for his social commentary.

Humour also features highly in Mourão’s work as he aims, through his urban sculptures, to poke fun at the Brazilian way of live in the 21st century, where middle and upper class families live ‘in cages’ behind excessive security that protects them from widespread violent crime.

Represented by: www.lurixs.com

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