“In this city (Sau Paulo) there is a lot of construction, all the time, this kind of wood is used to close the construction site.”
Whether it’s trying to emulate the strokes of a paint brush or the corporeal, the amorphic art installations and sculptures of Henrique Oliviera are visually compelling, continuing to gain global recognition. A Brazilian artist from Sao Paulo, his material comes from tapumes – recycling the cheap plywood used around construction sites. He started using the weathered and striping boards as a canvas for painting before flipping the idea and creating paintings from the plywood – transforming painting into sculpture. His installation’s scale are at times even cavernous and inhabitable, twisting and bulging like the bowels of the colossal city in which he lives and works. Accomplished as an artist and exhibited across three continents, he calls his work “tridimensional” because of its combination of architecture, painting and sculpture.