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Paulo Nimer Pjota Biography

The starting point of Paulo Nimer Pjota's works is the nature of collectively originated phenomena. His research and practice focus on an in-depth study of a kind of popular iconography which can only develop through complex processes operated by numerous individuals. We can therefore think of his production as the representation of a plural and agitated dialogue, with ever-changing interpretations, running through multiple streams of consciousness.

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The artist usually employs, as medium, large canvases, sacks and metal sheets. Most of these materials are found in waste depots and go through processes of negotiation and displacement. Naturally, the chosen pieces come with traces from other times and uses, so that they provide an initial terrain-graphic and spiritual-for that which will take form on these surfaces. From that point, he creates overarching tales within the tension between the freedom of random choice and the precision of a meticulous composition, combining representations in a constellation of suspended bodies. This is when art history and mass culture go hand in hand, as well as universal canons and symbols, everyday banalities and regional themes.

More than anything, he is interested in the processes and mechanisms that produce, edit and disseminate human expressions during a time that is dominated by the internet and ultra-communication. Through rhythm, rhyme and repetition, images arise, which index the common perceptions of a globalised planet and, consequently, expose deep inequalities. Indeed, it becomes possible to question the way in which we formulate information and distribute our affections, configuring our sensibilities towards our surroundings and promoting hither to unthinkable possibilities of social interaction.

Paulo Nimer Pjota (São José do Rio Preto, 1988) lives and works in São Paulo.

His most recent solo exhibitions include Medley, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2018); The history in repeat mode — image, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2017); The history in repeat mode — symbol, Maureen Paley / Morena di Luna, Hove (2017); 1º Mostra do programa de exposições, Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo (2012).

Additionally, his work has been included in institutional group exhibitions such as Sea of Desire, Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles (2018); Going it is own way, KRC Collection, Voorschoten (2018); The Marvellous Cacophony, Biennal of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia (2018); O Triângulo Atlântico, 11ª Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2018); Painting |or| Not, The KaviarFactory, Lofoten (2017); Soft Power, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2016); 19º Sesc Videobrasil, São Paulo (2015); Here There, Qatar Museums - Al Riwaq, Doha (2015); _ Imagine Brazil_, Astrup Feranley Museet, Oslo (2013) / DHC/Art Foundation for Contemporary‭, ‬Montreal‭ (2015); 12 Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2013).

Text courtesy Mendes Wood DM.

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Árvore da vida by Paulo Nimer Pjota contemporary artwork painting
Paulo Nimer Pjota Árvore da vida, 2023 Acrylic, oil and tempera on canvas
210 x 162 cm
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Vaso de bixo by Paulo Nimer Pjota contemporary artwork painting
Paulo Nimer Pjota Vaso de bixo, 2023 Oil, tempera and acrylic on canvas and aluminium plate
63 x 44.5 cm
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Dialogo entre górgona e cacto by Paulo Nimer Pjota contemporary artwork painting
Paulo Nimer Pjota Dialogo entre górgona e cacto, 2023 Acrylic, oil and tempera on canvas
10 x 160 cm
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Torre vermelha by Paulo Nimer Pjota contemporary artwork painting
Paulo Nimer Pjota Torre vermelha, 2023 Acrylic, oil and tempera on canvas
170 x 155 cm
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Vaporware, some samples by Paulo Nimer Pjota contemporary artwork mixed media
Paulo Nimer Pjota Vaporware, some samples, 2016 Acrylic, pencil, pen on canvas and iron plate, magnet, soccer ball, iron support
Maureen Paley
Clay by Paulo Nimer Pjota contemporary artwork painting
Paulo Nimer Pjota Clay, 2016 Acrylic, spray paint, brick pigment, pencil and pen on canvas and iron plate, with ceramic objects
200 x 255 cm
Maureen Paley
Between philosophy and crime, part 3 by Paulo Nimer Pjota contemporary artwork painting
Paulo Nimer Pjota Between philosophy and crime, part 3, 2016 Acrylic, spray paint, brick pigment, pencil and pen on canvas and iron plate, with metal objects
200 x 255 cm
Maureen Paley
South landscape with gold and my memory about Northeast by Paulo Nimer Pjota contemporary artwork painting
Paulo Nimer Pjota South landscape with gold and my memory about Northeast, 2016 Acrylic, spray paint, brick pigment, pencil and pen on canvas and iron plate, with ceramic objects from Portugal, Bahia and Sao Paulo
218 x 288 cm
Maureen Paley
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