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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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Untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterUntitled, 1970Ecoline paint, pencil, oil pastel and hydrographic pen on paper
50 x 70 cm
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Box 310F by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterBox 310F, 2018Oil and vinyl paint on wood
38 x 25 x 7 cm
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Untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterUntitled, 1967Acrylic paint on canvas
97 x 146 cm
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Dante Red by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterDante Red, 2016Oil paint on canvas
30 x 20 cm
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Vermelho da China by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterVermelho da China, 2017Oil on canvas
30 x 20 cm
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Bricks by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterBricks, 2017Oil and vinyl on canvas on aluminium
100 x 6.8 x 6.8 cm
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Pontalete # 25 by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterPontalete # 25, 2016Oil and vinyl paint on wood and canvas
160 x 200 cm
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Box 336 d by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterBox 336 d, 2017Oil and vinyl on wood
38 x 23 x 7 cm
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Sérgio Sister Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, #arteconecta at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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2 April–2 May 2020 Group Exhibition #arteconecta Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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2 December 2019–15 February 2020 Group Show Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Sérgio Sister, Then and Now at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
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29 October 2019–8 February 2020 Sérgio Sister Then and Now Galeria Nara Roesler, New York

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Sérgio Sister In Ocula Magazine

Sérgio Sister: Images of a Pop Youth Ocula Insight Sérgio Sister: Images of a Pop Youth By Sherry Paik

Sherry Paik introduces Images of a Pop Youth — Political Paintings and Prison Drawings, Sérgio Sister's solo exhibition at Galeria Nara Roesler in São Paulo (10 August–5 September 2019), which centres on his early years as an artist.

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Sérgio Sister In Video & Audio

sérgio sister | Imagens de uma juventude pop – pinturas políticas e desenhos da prisão Related Video & Audio sérgio sister | Imagens de uma juventude pop – pinturas políticas e desenhos da prisão 12 August 2019, Galeria Nara Roesler

A Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo apresenta Imagens de uma juventude pop–pinturas políticas e desenhos da cadeia, quarta individual de Sérgio Sister na sede paulista da galeria. Acompanhada de texto de Camila Bechelany, a mostra reúne pela primeira vez um número significativo de obras pouco conhecidas pelo público – produzidas entre 1966 e 1971...

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