b. 1948, Brazil

Sérgio Sister Biography

Born in São Paulo—where he still lives and works—in 1948, Sérgio Sister began painting in the studio of Ernestina Karmen and at the open courses of the Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado in 1964. His early paintings from the 1960s show influences from American Pop art—especially in his borrowings from popular culture such as comic strips—and Brazilian Pop art, which tended to be more political and violent than its American counterpart. The artist frequently employed graphic imagery in his works, such as a bleeding woman in Untitled (1966), or people hanging by their necks in Untitled (1967).

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Sister was socially active as a newspaper reporter and a member of the Brazilian Revolutionary Communist Party, which called for action against the Brazilian military regime. He was arrested and imprisoned for 19 months at the Tiradentes prison in 1970. Although he continued to produce artworks in and out of prison, it was not until his visit to New York City and its vibrant art scene in 1985 that he began to consider the path of a professional artist. In his subsequent works, the artist moved away from figuration to focus more closely on colour and subject matter.

In 1996, Sister discovered the possibility of extending painting beyond the two-dimensionality of the traditional canvas, in the form of fruit crates. His 'Caixas' (crates), as they are known, were at first second-hand fruit crates that the artist had found and painted. Since 1999, however, he has been working with separate slats of crates so he can paint and assemble them into different combinations that interrogate the relationship between surface and materiality.

The 'Caixas' series has given rise to other ongoing series involving wooden bars. Notably, works in 'Ripas (strips)' are made of pairs of wooden strips painted in unmodulated colours characteristic of Sister's artwork. These were first exhibited in the 1997 Arco art fair in Madrid. In 'Pontaletes (posts)', aluminium and wooden bars are arranged to resemble goalposts. They were presented for the first time in Pinturas face a face (Painting Face to Face), an exhibition that showcased works by Cristina Canale and Sister at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, in 2007.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2019

Sérgio Sister Featured Artworks

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Sem título by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork painting
Sérgio Sister Sem título, 2006 Oil paint on canvas
36 x 400 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Ripas parede 6 by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Sérgio Sister Ripas parede 6, 2019 Oil paint, vinyl paint, canvas and aluminium on wood
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Caixa # Q4 by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork painting
Sérgio Sister Caixa # Q4, 2020 Oil paint on wood
37.7 x 24.6 x 8.7 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Pintura com ligação rosa fluo by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork painting
Sérgio Sister Pintura com ligação rosa fluo, 2021 Oil paint on canvas and aluminium
35.5 x 24.5 x 2.2 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork mixed media
Sérgio Sister Untitled, 1970 Ecoline paint, pencil, oil pastel and hydrographic pen on paper
50 x 70 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Box 310F by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork mixed media
Sérgio Sister Box 310F, 2018 Oil and vinyl paint on wood
38 x 25 x 7 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork painting
Sérgio Sister Untitled, 1967 Acrylic paint on canvas
97 x 146 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Dante Red by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork painting
Sérgio Sister Dante Red, 2016 Oil paint on canvas
30 x 20 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery

Sérgio Sister Recent & Recent Exhibitions

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Sérgio Sister Represented By

Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil
Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

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