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Rodrigo Torres employs technical prodigies to bring us closer to these polarities, the glitter of marbled surfaces, cut techniques, trompe l’oeil, the menacing corrugated look of paper wrappers, Molotov cocktails abandoned in airports.

– Marcelo Campos, Víveres, 2017

Brazilian visual artist, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. The works produced by Rodrigo Torres are mostly ceramic sculptures, three-dimensional objects that blend with photographs and paintings, that come together in a symbiosis and consist of the elaboration of a disruptive visual language. Infused with strategies of optical displacements and illusory transformations through poetic paths, the shapes and textures intercross and the nature of the material brings the viewer’s gaze to travel among its specificities.

Selected Works
  • Rodrigo Torres, Objeto em trânsito, 2020
    Objeto em trânsito, 2020
  • Rodrigo Torres, Coroninha, 2020
    Coroninha, 2020
  • Rodrigo Torres, Como respirar profundamente, 2020
    Como respirar profundamente, 2020
  • Rodrigo Torres, Sem Título [Untitled], 2017
    Sem Título [Untitled], 2017
  • Rodrigo Torres, Mandinga para colocar brilho nos olhos, 2020
    Mandinga para colocar brilho nos olhos, 2020
  • Rodrigo Torres, Novas descobertas, 2019
    Novas descobertas, 2019
  • Rodrigo Torres, Arrastão, 2017
    Arrastão, 2017
  • Rodrigo Torres, Colar das Horas, 2018
    Colar das Horas, 2018
  • Rodrigo Torres, Sem título [Untitled], 2018
    Sem título [Untitled], 2018
  • Rodrigo Torres, Sem Título [Untitled], 2019
    Sem Título [Untitled], 2019
  • Rodrigo Torres, Turbilhão (Matriz), 2019
    Turbilhão (Matriz), 2019
  • Rodrigo Torres, Mundinho, 2019
    Mundinho, 2019
Selected Exhibitions
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Biography

Brazilian visual artist, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. The works produced by Rodrigo Torres are mostly ceramic sculptures, three-dimensional objects that blend with photographs and paintings, that come together in a symbiosis and consist of the elaboration of a disruptive visual language. Infused with strategies of optical displacements and illusory transformations through poetic paths, the shapes and textures intercross and the nature of the material brings the viewer’s gaze to travel among its specificities. Challenging the decorative versus the museological character, ceramics instill doubts and polarities through the hyper-detailed technique. Vases, jars, fruits, vegetables, small objects, protective packaging among other props and everyday frills, become ornate objects that mix the presence or absence of figures and backgrounds that vary in density, volume and color. All these shuffled materials are once again in a space of mimesis. The artist involves horizons and geometries in sculptures that challenge the viewer in dichotomies of reality and fiction, among which all this takes on forms and life. In his works Rodrigo exercises the natural and the imagined with balance and the works take on tautological and enigmatic tones.

 

In 2019, he participated in the collective “BRASIL! Focus sull'arte brasiliana contemporanea" at the Ettore Fico Museum, in Turin, Italy and took part in the collective show “A Luta Continua” at The Sylvio Perlstein Collection - Hauser & Wirth, New York. In 2017 he opened the solo show “Víveres” at the gallery A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro and participated in the collective exhibition “Songs for my Hands” at the Curitiba International Biennial that took place at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, “Window Project” at Spazio 22, Milan , “Art of the Treasure Hunt: the Grand Tour” Tuscany, “Ways to see Brazil: Itaú Cultural 30 anos” at OCA Ibirapuera, São Paulo and “The light that watches over the body is the same that reveals the canvas”, at Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro. In 2016 he opened the solo “Apreprehensions” at Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro and participated in the collective “Maps, Letters, Guides and Portulans” at the Santander Art Room, São Paulo, Brazil.

His works are part of the art collections of MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio; Itaú Cultural de Fotografia, São Paulo; José Olympio Collection, São Paulo; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil and Kadist Art Foundation, France.

 

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