b. 1963, Brazil

Iran do Espírito Santo Biography

Iran do Espírito Santo is a Brazilian artist known for Minimalist sculptures and drawings which depict common objects reduced to their basic forms.

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Early Years

Born in 1963 in Mococa, Brazil, Iran do Espírito Santo graduated from the Fundaçāo Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo in 1986.

Iran do Espírito Santo Artworks

Espírito Santo's playful drawings and sculptures often incorporate subtle illusionistic devices and surprises into familiar forms. In the early watercolour and pencil drawing Untitled (Hand) (1990), Espírito Santo depicts an open-palmed hand, positioned at the upper portion of the otherwise blank sheet of paper. The hand, which ought to be familiar, appears eerie due to its isolation in indistinct space.

Crosses

Crosses are a recurring motif in Espírito Santo's work. In Untitled (Modified Cross) (1990), a drawing of a pink cross is augmented by a protruding rectangle near its base, hinting at a phallic connotation. In the 1998 watercolour drawing Untitled (Unbalanced Cross), the artist reimagines the form with uneven proportions; while Untitled (Tape 3) (2008) sees the cross painted in translucent layers of acrylic paint, evoking packing tape.

Crosses appear again in the watercolour on paper Trama aberta (2021), where a small patchwork of nine grey crosses form a larger one. The form also appears in the Espírito Santo's three-dimensional works, such as the 2011 sculpture Cross on Wall - H, made of two granite rectangles connected at their middles.

Building Materials

Espírito Santo's engagement with concrete and building materials appeared in early drawings like Untitled (red bricks block) (1998), before translating to more abstract forms on paper like the 'Floor' series (2016). Drawings in the series such as Floor I or Floor V compress the brick structure into an uneven flat surface with protruding blocks that breaking away from the larger form. In Floor IX, the cube appears to be fully untangled, revealing a brick-coloured staircase.

Other construction materials such as nails and bolts appear across Espírito Santo's practice, such as the stainless steel sculpture Thread and Nut 2 (2016) which features an oversized silver nail standing on its head. The permanent marker drawing Untitled (V) (2017) renders the same nail with dense lines creating a see-through shape in three dimensions. In Untitled (VII) (2019), the head of the nail is discarded, revealing a simple cylinder form. Its successor, Untitled (VIII) (2019) slices through the cylinder to offer two smaller variations positioned slightly ajar atop one another.

Public Installation

In 2013, Espírito Santo's first public installation in the United States, a stacked assemblage of white granite blocks that formed an imperfect cube with missing corners, was set up in New York's Central Park. Entitled Playground, the work remained on view until February 2014.

Exhibitions

Iran do Espírito Santo's works have been shown widely around the world. Select solo exhibitions include: Galería SENDA, Barcelona (2022); Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro (2019); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA (2018); Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (2017); Art Omi, Ghent, USA (2016); Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2014); Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2013); and Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires (2012).

Selected group exhibitions include: Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2019); Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Goiás, Brazil (2018); Sala de Arte Santander, Madrid (2018); Beijing Minsheng Art Museum (2017); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2017); Phoenix Museum of Art, USA (2017); and Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (2015).

Iran do Espírito Santo lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.

Gallery

Iran do Espírito Santo is represented by Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel in Rio de Janeiro, Ingleby in Edinburgh, and Sean Kelly Gallery in New York/Taipei.

Website

The artist's Instagram can be found here.

Elaine YJ Zheng | Ocula | 2022

Iran do Espírito Santo Featured Artworks

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A noite/2018 by Iran do Espírito Santo contemporary artwork print, textile
Iran do Espírito Santo A noite/2018, 2018 Silkscreen on silk
134 x 193 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Janela Reflexiva 6 by Iran do Espírito Santo contemporary artwork sculpture
Iran do Espírito Santo Janela Reflexiva 6, 2020 Granite
302 x 111 x 20 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Dropping Bottle by Iran do Espírito Santo contemporary artwork sculpture
Iran do Espírito Santo Dropping Bottle, 2013 Granite
62 x 22 x 22 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Cross on Wall - H by Iran do Espírito Santo contemporary artwork sculpture
Iran do Espírito Santo Cross on Wall - H, 2011 Granite
40 x 40 x 42 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Bulb 4 by Iran do Espírito Santo contemporary artwork sculpture
Iran do Espírito Santo Bulb 4, 2014 Stainless steel and aluminium
17 x 17 x 23 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Compression/Clockwise by Iran do Espírito Santo contemporary artwork installation
Iran do Espírito Santo Compression/Clockwise, 2017 four wall drawings, latex paint on walls
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Untitled (V) by Iran do Espírito Santo contemporary artwork works on paper
Iran do Espírito Santo Untitled (V), 2017 Permanent marker on paper
60.43 x 42.12 inches
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Untitled (II) by Iran do Espírito Santo contemporary artwork works on paper
Iran do Espírito Santo Untitled (II), 2017 Permanent marker on paper
60.43 x 42.12 inches
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery

Iran do Espírito Santo Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Iran do Espírito Santo Represented By

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Ingleby contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Ingleby Edinburgh
Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA
Sean Kelly New York

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