Lot 178 - Thiago Barbalho - Untitled 2022
Colour Pencil, Ballpoint Pen, Permanent Marker and Pencil on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Thiago Barbalho (1984) was born and raised in Natal, in the Northeast of Brazil. He lives and works in São Paulo. Thiago studied philosophy and law and holds a master's degree in philosophy. The artist started his career as a writer, having published short stories, novels and poetry, and founded Edições Vira-lata, an independent press that published several fanzines in collaboration with visual artists. After experiencing what he describes as ‘a crisis in relation to the limitations of written language’, the artist embraced pictorial language as his preferred means of expression. He is the author of the short stories collection Um Homem Bom [A Good Man] (Iluminuras, 2017), the poetry collection Doritos (Edições Vira-lata, 2013) and the novel Thiago Barbalho vai ao fundo do poço [Thiago Barbalho Reaches Rock Bottom] (Edith, 2012). He is one of the artists in the book 'Vitamin D3: Today's Best in Contemporary Drawing' (Phaidon Press, UK, 2021).
MA in Philosophy at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Some selected exhibitions: Solo shows: Correspondência (Galeria Marilia Razuk, São Paulo, 2019); Thiago Barbalho (Kupfer project space, London, 2018). Group shows: Voyage (Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, 2017); Rocambole (Pivô, São Paulo, 2018; Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, 2019); Electric dreams (Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro, 2021). Works acquisition include Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo and some private colections.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
This work is part of my late practice developing elemental figures in a drawing technique that I call 'explosive writing'. Bringing gesture, colour, wonder and deep thoughts together, I come to symbols that ressembles both dawn, fingers and eyes as a portal to the experience of apparition. It brings to centre dense element mergered from my interest in subjects such as misticism, cartoon, writing poetry and the elements of metamorphosis found in nature.
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