Thursday, November 26, 2009

beatriz milhazes: brazilian art

Beatriz Milhazes,
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1960, entered Rio’s renowned Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in the early 1980s. She emerged on the Brazilian art scene in the midst of what was known as “the return to painting” of the Geraçao Oitenta (the 1980s Generation), which followed the more conceptualist art that dominated the country in the 1970s.

Her technique is part monotype and collage, first painting the motifs and drawings of her work on translucent plastic sheets. She then applies them to the canvas and peels the plastic off, superimposing images and colors in a variety of combinations. During the transfer process, part of the motif sometimes tears, leaving portions of itself behind. The laborious process leads to rich overlaid images and translucent silhouettes.

Milhazes has recently branched out into arenas of theatre sets, site-specific installations, and design work, including fabric and tapestry. The artist has stated: “I am seeking geometrical structures, but with freedom of form and imagery taken from different worlds.”

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