Graziela Guardino, José Ivacy, Matheus Marques Abu, Selva de Carvalho e Verena Smit.

Opening, Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 1pm-9pm at Marina da Glória, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, S/N – Glória, RJ

Short curatorial text about the selection of artists and works for the fair’s stand.


These are traits that bring together the creative process of the five artists selected for ARTRio 2022.
Each one in their own way is in constant search, implementing both intimate and universal research. All poignant, in different techniques, in their own times, always result in works that bring beauty, emotion and hope. That carry dense narratives, almost daily, clippings of times lived or that one wants to live.
Nature has its framework evidenced in each of them, poetry and social as well.
Traces of strength and deep poignancy are evident in the works of Graziela Guardino, José Ivacy, Matheus Marques Abu, Selva de Carvalho, Verena Smit. Let’s get carried away by this contemplation and engagement will be inevitable – also desirable. We continue with curators who have already thought about each one’s work.

about the artists

Graziela Guardino:

Graziela Guardino investigates the binary forces that life presents. Her work consists of a restricted color palette, ambiguously depicting dichotomous experiences such as absence and presence, darkness and light, fragility and resistance: notions that accompany human existence. Consequently, her paintings offer a visual metaphor for how these opposing dualities can exist simultaneously and cause questioning and understanding in our lives. Through a process of experimentation, construction, deconstruction, cutting, painting, thread pulling and sewing, symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes are created and juxtaposed evoking a sense of space, volume and distance while textures and layers reveal the degree of psychological responses of such individuals. experiences. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Graziela lives and works in Sydney, Australia. His recent solo exhibitions include The Breath of an Empty Space, Hong Kong Visual Art Centre, Not as dark as a silent house, Rubicon Gallery, Melbourne and Finite Infinity, May Space Gallery, Sydney. Her work has also been included in prestigious art awards in Australia such as The Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize and Fisher’s Ghost Award. Graziela completed her Masters and Research with Merit and Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2017.

José Ivacy:

Since the 1980s, she has been working intensively with works that feature craftsmanship and the manipulation of various materials, mainly wood and metals. Visible in his paintings and objects, a complex set of geometric and organic shapes, following their own path in the field of inventiveness. He has participated in several collective exhibitions by artists in Brasília and is currently dedicated to his studio work in Sobradinho, where he lives and manages the ManOObra gallery.
Ivacy creates a unique constructive project with works, for outside and inside any proposed space, unprecedented and transcendent rare contributions such as those of Celso Renato, Emanuel Nassar and Marcone Moreira. Artists who don’t know what it’s like to be afraid of having and of the transforming and transmuting “king time”. They take advantage of their deconstruction and reinvent themselves, reinventing painting by escaping the formalist trap. Ivacy frees painting as an object with extraordinary courage and daring, making matter and time a Unity in Poetry. As Bené Fonteles said, “Ivacy is an obsessive and voracious witness to what has always been, is and will be of the eternal now. His archeology of a memory that seeks us whole and intense in an “ancestral future”, points to an eternity impregnated and consolidated in dense matter, but which dances agilely, giving voice to the voices of the will for lightness”.
The artist has works in several public and private collections, including the Museums of Art of the Republic, Museum of Art of Brasília, Museum of Art of Rio – MAR. He also participated in national and international fairs.

Matheus Marques Abu:

A self-taught artist, he develops independent research on ancestry, spirituality and the African diaspora in Brazil, putting colonial history and its reverberations in the daily life of racialized people into perspective. He started his work with the language of pixo (pichação), having strong influence from the carioca rap scene, collaborated with the covers for one of the important eps of rapper BK ‘, Antes dos Gigantes Chegarem vol. 1 and 2. He also assisted great artists such as Panmela Castro, in the exhibition “Rua!” at the Rio Art Museum (MAR) and for Tomaz Viana, Toz at the Cultura Insônia exhibition at the Caixa Cultural space. The painting appears during the pandemic and on a trip to Salvador he discovered another set of symbols, the “adinkra”. Brought to Brazil by the enslaved, these ideograms were carved mainly on the gates and windows of imperial Brazil by enslaved black blacksmiths, composing a sophisticated form of communication and resistance to subalternity. To rescue this language through his works is at the same time to challenge dominant regimes of visibility and the Eurocentric canon of history (including art history), bringing to the surface an alternative history invisible to the eyes of the colonial mind.

Selva de Carvalho:

In Selva de Carvalho is the name/double/body created by Stephanie de Carvalho Klabin (1986, São Paulo, SP). Graduated in Fine Arts (Bachelor, 2009) from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado – FAAP. After graduation, she coordinated education and sustainability projects with schools, NGOs and companies. She started her work as a visual artist in 2019, having embroidery and drawing as a base. She also transits through the arts of the body / performance. In her research, she explores the materiality, expressiveness and becomings of fabrics, lines, papers, words and bodies – visible and invisible, human and non-human – and the organic, symbolic and fantastic relationships between them. She currently participates in the artistic guidance group, GOA, under the guidance of Ana Paula Cohen and Thiago Honório. She participated in the following group exhibitions: 2021, “From the sacred and the profane” Galeria Karla Osorio, Brasilia, Brazil. Curated by Fernando Mota; 2019, Edicule Project, São Paulo, Brazil. Curated by Fernando Mota; 2019, “Anatomy of a coexistence” Galeria Rabieh, São Paulo, Brazil. Curated by Carla Chaim, Nino Cais and Marcelo Amorim; 2019, “Imagined Futures, Reconstructed Pasts” Galeria Lamb Art, São Paulo, Brazil. Curated by Carollina Laureano; 2019 “Deck” Casa Parte / Hermes Visual Arts. São Paulo Brazil. Curated by Carla Chaim, Nino Cais and Marcelo Amorim; 2019 “On the first day on the ninth floor” Lamb Art Gallery. São Paulo, Brazil Curated by Carla Chaim, Nino Cais and Marcelo Amorim. She was artist-in-residence at Kaaysá Art Residency, São Sebastiao, São Paulo in 2019 In 2022 she had a solo show at Escola Botânica, curated by Ana Carolina Ralston. Her works have been exhibited at international fairs such as ARTRio, SParte, India Art Fair, Este Arte / Uruguay. She has works in private and public collections, including at MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio, selected by Paulo Herkenhoff. She did a residency at Espaço Fonte in 2022. Drawing and embroidery are important bases for the unfolding of her poetics, also transiting through the arts of the body, dance and gestures. His most recent research investigates the structural and symbolic relationships between these languages, the possibilities of configuring matter and the embodiment of a dreamlike and fanciful universe.

Verena Smit:

In general, the artist’s works take place within the logic of two antagonistic realities that can coexist perfectly: some works start from a sphere of intimate experience, but also deal with universal issues; other works demand individual contact, and are equally realized in collective enjoyment; still others speak of how things are, while pointing to what they can become. This duplicity is often rooted in the game, a key act in many of her works.
In wordplay, on the other hand, the operations are less playful and more blunt incisions, precise displacements of language that inaugurate new spheres of interpretation, equally divergent. An erased letter radically deviates from the intended meanings, a verb ceases to be a verb; an object has its function subverted and gains new uses, poetic or practical. Behind the apparent simplicity of these procedures, however, lies a deeply detailed and precise concern of the artist to articulate these paradoxes in the most potent way possible.

About Karla Osorio Gallery
Created in 2016, the Karla Osorio gallery works to insert contemporary artists in the market and in the institutional scene. It favors the most innovative production in art, with a program of temporary exhibitions that promotes various languages ​​and techniques. Represents Brazilian and foreign artists. It participates in art fairs in several countries, being the only gallery in Brasília in some of the best fairs in the world in cities such as Basel, Chicago, Mexico, Miami, New Delhi, New York, Punta (Uruguay), in addition to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, among others. It supports innovative research and projects, has a program of courses, lectures, partnerships with other spaces and institutions, as well as interventions in the public space. It develops projects with visiting curators and offers an artistic residency with a studio, in a privileged space. It also operates in the secondary market. In addition to the headquarters in Brazila with a large exhibition space in Lago Sul, with pavilions and an outdoor area with gardens, has an office in São Paulo.
ArtRio 2022 Fair
Opening: Wednesday, September 14, between 1pm-9pm Visitation until September 18th.

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