Marcos Chaves Biography

Marcos Chaves’ has deserted from a generation of Brazilian artists that were looking into painting during the 1980s, with a production characterised by the use of diverse mediums including photography, installation, video, texts and sound. His use of various media does not obstruct the coherence of his production, and dialogues with his profoundly critical work, allowing for open-ended interpretations all while maintaining an underlying tone of humour and irony.

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Chaves often appropriates unexceptional elements of everyday life, puts them in the limelight and highlights the extraordinary that may inhabit the commonplace. His production engages with a longstanding tradition of artists who have studied the relationships between image and written language, notably by titling his works ambiguously or funnily, using twofold meanings between objects and their names, finally instigating further reflection from the viewer. His works channel insightful and witty observations from everyday life, capturing the irony, eccentricity and absurdity that often lies in details we might be missing.

Marcos Chaves was born in 1961, in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives and works. Marcos Chaves no MAR, at Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) (2019), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Eu só vendo a vista, at Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC-Niterói) (2017), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Marcos Chaves, at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (2016), in Lisbon, Portugal; and Marcos Chaves–ARBOLABOR, at Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos (CAB) (2015), in Burgos, Spain; are some of his recent solo exhibitions. Recent group shows include: 17th Bienal de Cerveira, Portugal (2013), 54th Venice Bienalle, Italy (2011); Manifesta 7, Italy (2008); and Alegria–A natureza-morta nas coleções MAM Rio, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio) (2019), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Inside the Collection–Approaching Thirty Years of the Centro Pecci (1988–2018), Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (2018), Prato, Italy; Troposphere–Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum (2017), Beijing, China; Brasil, Beleza?! Contemporary Brazilian Sculpture, Museum Beelden aan Zee (2016), Hague, The Netherlands. His works are included in major public collections such as those of: Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos (CAB), Burgos, Spain; Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami, USA.

Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.

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Fantasma # 02 by Marcos Chaves contemporary artwork sculpture
Marcos Chaves Fantasma # 02, 1989/2022 Linen canvas and nylon thread
90 x 125 cm
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Fantasma by Marcos Chaves contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Marcos Chaves Fantasma, 1989/2022 Raw cotton canvas and nylon thread
60 x 80 cm
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Cristais # 01 by Marcos Chaves contemporary artwork print
Marcos Chaves Cristais # 01, 2016 Digital print on silk
190 x 230 cm
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A árvore que caminha by Marcos Chaves contemporary artwork moving image
Marcos Chaves A árvore que caminha, 2008 Digital video, 1' 17''
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Untitled, from 120 days series by Marcos Chaves contemporary artwork works on paper, print
Marcos Chaves Untitled, from 120 days series, 2020 Inkjet print on paper
120 x 225.4 cm
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Untitled by Marcos Chaves contemporary artwork painting
Marcos Chaves Untitled, 2016 Digital print on cotton paper
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Jaws by Marcos Chaves contemporary artwork installation
Marcos Chaves Jaws, 1992 Velvet purse
45 x 33 x 15 cm
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