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(1919 – 1992), Brazil

Celso Renato Biography

Celso Renato’s work consists of a rigorous and indirect dialogue between painting and material. His practice feeds on abstract expressionism, the assimilation of geometrical attributes and the conflicting dialogue between the painting and its respective physical support; primarily being discarded wood and remnants from buildings. His work refers to the basis of constructivism, passing through informal to geometric abstraction, materialising into a unique form marked by expressive and austere characters, as his use of white, black and red colours. The result is a vibrant trace of the planes that delineate and embody a pictorial exercise woven into its own physical and aesthetic boundaries, bringing together a survey of nature, sculpture, and collage.

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Celso Renato (1919–1992) lived and worked in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

His work was most recently included in Building Material: Process And Form In Brazilian Art, Hauser and Wirth, Los Angeles, USA (2017); Makers, David Zwirner, New York, USA (2017).

Selected solo exhibitions include: Celso Renato, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Celso Renato, Itaú Galeria, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1990); Pace Arte Galeria, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1988); Retrospectiva, Museu Mineiro, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1985); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (1982).

Text courtesy Mendes Wood DM.

Celso Renato Featured Artworks

Untitled by Celso Renato contemporary artwork sculpture
Celso RenatoUntitled, 1980Painting on wood
80 x 80 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery
Untitled by Celso Renato contemporary artwork painting
Celso RenatoUntitledOil on wood
62 x 33 x 9 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery
Untitled by Celso Renato contemporary artwork painting
Celso RenatoUntitledOil on cork
39 x 19.5 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery
Untitled by Celso Renato contemporary artwork painting
Celso RenatoUntitledAcrylic on wood
57 x 35 x 4.5 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery

Celso Renato Recent Exhibitions

Celso Renato Represented By

Mendes Wood DM contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Mendes Wood DM Brussels, New York, São Paulo
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