sérgio sister
caixa grande, 2014
oil on wood
53 x 30 x 15 cm (each)

Sergio Sister started painting in the late 1960’s, at same time when he was working as journalist and bacame engaged with political action. In 1970, Sister was arrested for his militancy. While detained for 19 months at the Tiradentes Prison, in São Paulo, Sister attended painting workshops held at the institution. As a part of Geração 80, Sister revisits an ancient theme in painting: the interplay between surface and three-dimensionality, in an attempt to liberate painting in space. What has marked his production at that time was the superimposition of autonomous chromatic layers coexisting harmoniously side by side.

 

Today, his work combines painting and sculpture. He uses supports derived from found structures and from systems designed to serve our everyday needs, as we can see in the Ripas series, produced since the late 1990s (strips), and in Caixas series, produced since 2009, whose names are appropriate of the manufactured products from which they derive. These are sculptural paintings made from found wooden beams that resemble crates, porticos, or window frames. Sister paints the beams different colors and assembles them into configurations that allow various depths, shadows, and experiences of color to emerge.

 

Sergio Sister was born in 1948, in São Paulo, where he lives and works. Recent individual exhibitions include: Sérgio Sister: o sorriso da cor e outros engenhos, at Instituto Ling (2019), in Porto Alegre, Brazil;Sérgio Sister, at Kupfer Gallery (2017), in London, UK; Sergio Sister: Malen Mit Raum, Schatten und Luft, at Galerie Lange + Pult (2016), in Zurich, Switzerland; Expanded Fields, at Nymphe Projekte (2016), in Berlin, Germany; Ordem Desunida, at Galeria Nara Roesler (2015), in São Paulo, Brazil. He was featured in the 9th and 25th editions of Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1967, 2002). Recent group shows include: A linha como direção, at Pina Estação (2019), in São Paulo, Brazil; The Pencil is a Key: Art by Incarcerated Artists, at The Drawing Center (2019), in New York, USA; Géométries Américaines, du Mexique à la Terre de Feu, at Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (2018), in Paris, France; AI-5 50 anos – Ainda não terminou de acabar, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (ITO) (2018), in São Paulo, Brazil; and MAC USP no século XXI – A era dos artistas, at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC USP) (2017), in São Paulo, Brazil (2017). His work is part of many importat collections such as:François Pinault Collection, Venice, Italy; Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • objet trouvé: luis pérez-oramas curates a poetic and subtle group exhibition at galeria nara roesler Download View article

    objet trouvé: luis pérez-oramas curates a poetic and subtle group exhibition at galeria nara roesler

    cynthia garcia, Newcity Brasil 10.12.2019
  • “THE PENCIL IS A KEY: DRAWINGS BY INCARCERATED ARTISTS” Download View article

    “THE PENCIL IS A KEY: DRAWINGS BY INCARCERATED ARTISTS”

    Cyrus Dunham, Artforum 25.9.2019
  • an act of resistance: sergio sister exhibits art made as a political prisoner View article

    an act of resistance: sergio sister exhibits art made as a political prisoner

    Cynthia Garcia, Newcity 17.9.2019
  • sérgio sister e suas armas de resistência Download View article

    sérgio sister e suas armas de resistência

    tadeu chiarelli, arte brasileiros 22.8.2019
  • sérgio sister: images of a pop youth View article

    sérgio sister: images of a pop youth

    Sherry Paik, Ocula 9.8.2019
  • a cor no espaço

    a cor no espaço

    Antonio Gonçalves Filho, O Estado de S. Paulo 22.2.2013