Carlos Mélo


Riacho das Almas, Perenambuco – Brazil, 1969
Lives and works in Recife, Pernambuco – Brazil

Carlos is a Brazilian plastic artist, born in the province of Pernambuco, a region formed by a complex culture seen by several African nations, some indigenous tribes and Europeans of Moorish origin. His works pass through video, photography, drawings, installation, sculpture, and performance. Through anagrams and performance actions, the artist approaches images and words practicing semantic contortionism. He seeks to converge the body in situations of interaction with the environment and conceptual images that suggest it be defined in a relational way, simultaneously operating a rescue of aspects of the Brazilian cultural formation. For Suely Rolnik, „Carlos‘ work demarcates a territory, or rather, establishes it. As in animals, this is done through devices always ritualized, which are, above all, rhythms. However, unlike the animals Here, the ritual and its rhythm change constantly; they are invented each time, depending on the environment in which they are made and the problematic field they seek to confront, for this the artist installs himself in the immanence of the world, at the feet of the living real, only apprehensible by affection. “ He conceived and realized the 1st Biennial of the Clay of Brazil, Caruaru (2014/2019). Participated in group exhibitions such as the 3rd Biennial of Bahia, Salvador (2014); At the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, USA. (2013); At the Museum of Modern Art Aloísio Magalhães, Recife (2010 and 1999); At Itaú Cultural, São Paulo (2008, 2005, 2002 and 1999); Among others. Solo exhibitions were held at Galeria 3 + 1, Lisbon, Portugal (2010); Paço das Artes, São Paulo (2004); and Fundação Joaquim Nabuco (Recife, Brazil, 2000). He won the CNI SESI Marcantonio Vilaça Fine Arts Award (2006). He lives and works in Recife.



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