Galeria Luciana Brito

Delson Uchôa

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In the Galeria II, Delson Uchôa is presenting a new series of large-scale paintings especially created for this occasion. In O Dia and A Noite, names that contribute to the exhibition’s title, the allegories created by the artist polarize the organic light of Brazil’s Northeast, in a mesh of warm colors, delineated by delicate straight and curved lines sheltered under smooth resin, weaving the body and the brilliance of the works.


The canvases of intricate chromatic constructions includeAguapé and Igarapé, their yellow, blue and green hues recalling the Brazilian landscapes along rivers and seas.


For Moacir dos Anjos, an art critic and one of the curators of the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, “Delson Uchoa’s mature paintings are bright flashes: first they blind, then illuminate.” They are permanent celebrations of color in monumental-size formats that are appreciated not only by the eyes, but by the entire body.


“In the beginning I worked with areas of primary, dark colors, and sought the vibration, the counterposing of one color and another. With time, my main concern began to be the process of lighting, and I began to think about how to dematerialize the color, transforming it into light,” Uchôa explains.


With a thoroughgoing knowledge of movements such as constructivism and pop art, Delson Uchöa does not restrict the field of his references: by making use of fabrics and flirting with kitsch, he instates in his work a dialog with his roots without losing the ability to cross over borders, making his art unique. “Delson Uchôa affirms being Latino, Brazilian, a Northeasterner and an Alagoan, without, however, restricting himself to provincialisms or resorting to pure aesthetics,” observes critic Agnaldo Farias.


Due to its wealth of details, one artwork takes years to be finished, or, more precisely, it is considered finished only when the artist no longer has access to it. This continuous work and his almost carnal relationship with the canvases is apparent in the surfaces of Delson Uchôa’s paintings, in many cases marked by additions, drawings and overlayings of supports, whether recent or old.


About the artist


Recognized both in Brazil and abroad, Delson Uchôa (Maceió, 1956) held his first solo show in 1980, in Maceió. In 2009, he was chosen to represent Brazil at the Venice Biennale, in Italy, and at the Bienal de La Habana, in Cuba. Recently, his work was shown at the exhibition Contraditório – Panorama de Arte Brasileira 2007, at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid, Spain. In Brazil, Delson Uchôa has participated in important group shows, such as the 24th Bienal de São Paulo, (1998); Onde Está Você, Geração 80?, at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro and Recife;80/90 Modernos, Pós-Modernos, etc, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (São Paulo); and Paralela (São Paulo). Still in 2010, he will participate in the Cairo Biennial, Egypt.


His artwork figures in important collections such as that of the Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, the Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, the Museu de Arte Moderna of Rio de Janeiro, and the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. His work has been analyzed by renowned art critics and curators, including Moacir dos Anjos, Paulo Herkenhoff, and Agnaldo Farias.


The artist lives and works in Maceió, Brazil.

19.09.2010 to 30.10.2010


tuesday - friday, from 10 am to 7 pm
saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm
free admission