Biography

Daniel Senise is one of the leading representatives of Brazil's so-called Generation 80s, whose main endeavour consisted of a desire to return to, and reinsert painting into the Brazilian artistic scene. Since the end of the 1990s, Senise’s practice can be described as a ‘construction of images.’ His process begins with imprinting the textures of surfaces – such as wooden floors or concrete walls – from carefully chosen locations unto textiles, similar to the monotype technique. Once ready, this material becomes the base or skeleton of his work, either as a canvas to be worked on, as parts used in a collage to create another image, or alternatively, as fragments added on to printed photographs.

 

Senise's investigations often relate to the memory of places and spaces. Not only will his works figuratively represent specific locations, but he also uses objects found in those specific places, such as broken ceramics, pieces of wood, dust or wall chippings. He therefore intertwines the representation of a site, with its debris, or in other words, its history - he juxtaposes time, memory and the physical presence which stems from them.


Senise was born in Rio de Janeiro, in 1955, where he lives and works. Some of his latest solo shows included: Daniel Senise: Todos os santos, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (ITO) (2019), in São Paulo, Brazil; Antes da palavra, at Fundação Iberê Camargo (FIC) (2019), in Porto Alegre, Brazil; Printed Matter, at Galeria Nara Roesler (2017), in New York, USA; Quase aqui, at Oi Futuro Flamengo (2015), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 2892, at Casa França-Brasil (2011), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Main recent group show include: Anozero’19, 3th Bienal de Coimbra, Portugal (2019); 18th, 20th, 24th and 29th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1985, 1989, 1998 e 2010), and the 44th Venice Bienalle, Italy (1990); Modos de ver o Brasil: Itaú Cultural 30 anos, at Oca (2017), in São Paulo, Brazil; Os muitos e o um: arte contemporânea brasileira, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (ITO) (2016), in São Paulo, Brazil; and Las Américas Latinas — Las fatigas del querer, at Spazio Oberdan (2009), in Milan, Italy. His works are included in important institutional collections, such as: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, Quito, Ecuador; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Coleção João Sattamini – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC-Niterói), Niterói, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo, Brazil.

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  • redrafting the narrative of painting: daniel senise delves into photography in two new exhibitions View article

    redrafting the narrative of painting: daniel senise delves into photography in two new exhibitions

    Cynthia Garcia, Newcity 1.10.2019
  • review: daniel senise

    review: daniel senise

    Camila Belchior, Artforum 1.9.2017
  • back to school. aprender a desconfiar de la mirada con daniel senise

    back to school. aprender a desconfiar de la mirada con daniel senise

    Paulo Miyada, Artnexus 10.7.2015