carlito carvalhosa
Untitled, 2019
oil paint and wax on wood
7 parts of 19,7 x 23,6 in (each)

Carlito Carvalhosa's work predominantly involves painting and sculpture. In the 1980s, Carvalhosa was a member of the São Paulo-based collective Grupo Casa 7, alongside Rodrigo Andrade, Fábio Miguez, Nuno Ramos, and Paulo Monteiro. Like his colleagues, he produced large paintings with an emphasis on pictorial gesture, an approach that was characteristic of the neo expressionist production. In the late 1980s, with the group having disintegrated, Carvalhosa began to experiment with encaustics and to make pictures using wax, either pure or mixed with pigments. In the mid-1990s, he turned to sculptures, making organic and malleable-like pieces with materials such as the so-called “lost waxes”. During this period, he also experimented with porcelain sculptures. 


Carvalhosa ascribes deep eloquence to the materiality of the mediums he uses, always transcending their formal aspects to explore matters of time and space. In his practice, one encounters a tension between form and materiality through a disjunction of the visible and the tactile - what we see is not what we touch, and what we touch is not what we see. Since the beginning of the 2000s, he has created paintings on mirrored surfaces which, in the words of curator Paulo Venancio Filho "put our presence inside them”. Beyond Carvalhosa's recurrent techniques and materials, the artist has also frequently experimented with objects like tissues and lamps in his creation of installations.

Carlito Carvalhosa was born in 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil. He currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Recent solo exhibitions include: O comércio das coisas, at Silvia Cintra + Box 4 (2019), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Faço tudo para não fazer nada, at Galeria Nara Roesler (2017), in São Paulo, SP, Brazil; Possibility Matters, at Sonnabend Gallery (2014), in New York, USA; and Carlito Carvalhosa, at Kukje Gallery (2013), in Seoul, South Korea. Recent group shows include:Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from MAM, atMuseu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP) (2019), in São Paulo, Brazil, and at Phoenix Art Museum (2017), in Phoenix, USA ; Troposphere – Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art, at Beijing Minsheng Art Museum (2017), in Beijing, China; Everything You Are, I Am Not: Latin American Contemporary Art From Tiroche Deleon Collection, at Mana Contemporary (2016), in Jersey City, USA; 30 x Bienal, at Fundação Bienal de São Paulo (2013), in São Paulo, Brazil; 11th Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (2011). His works are part of several important collections such as: Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, USA; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.






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