Brazil - 1973
Henrique Oliveira, was born in Ourinhos, Brazil in 1973. Oliveira graduated from Universidade de São Paulo and holds a Masters in visual arts. Oliveira currently lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
Moving through the territories of sculpture, painting and architecture, his immersive environments and hybrid spaces re-create nature and re-define ordinary materials. A wide range of references, from science-fiction and medical text to Art History and psychoanalysis converge into an innovative visual language that combines biomorphic images and urban materiality. Perception of space and surface are often destabilized in his objects or space interventions that subvert the logics of entertainment in contemporary society, seducing the public to lead them into situations of discomfort, blurring the borders of sensuality and abjection and raising existential and political issues implicit in the notions of death and decay.
Among his recent exhibitions are solo shows at Museu de Arte Contemporânea - São Paulo, Brasil (2014); Palais de Tokyo - Paris, France (2013); Offenes Kulturhaus - Linz, Austria (2012); Rice Gallery - Houston, USA (2009). Participation in group shows includes “Brasiliana - Installation from 1960 to the present” Schirn Kunsthalle - Frankfurt, Germany (2013); “Inside Out and from the Ground Up” Museum of Contemporary Art - Cleveland, USA (2012); “Sculpture is Everything” Queensland Gallery of Modern Art - Brisbane, Australia (2012); “Artists in Dialogue 2: Sandile Zulu and Henrique Oliveira” Smithsonian National Museum of African Art - Washington DC, USA (2011); 29a Bienal de São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil (2010).