Rodrigo Garcia Dutra

Born in 1981, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a Master Fine Arts degree from the Central Saint Martin of Art and Design, London, UK (2009) with a Lismore Castle Scholarship and a Master’s degree in Sculpture at the Royal College of Arts in London, UK (2014) with funding support from the Student Finance England (SFE) through Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

He received a prize from the São Paulo Biennial Foundation, SP, Brazil Contemporary Art Program and participated in the following exhibitions: “Tomorrow: London”, at South London Gallery, London, UK, “Mestizo Stories” at Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo, SP , 18th Sesc_Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival: 30th Anniversary, São Paulo, SP and “Open Cube” at White Cube, London, UK.

His works were acquired by important public collections such as the British Government Art Collection, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP, Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, Museu Nacional da República de Brasília and Casa da Cultura da América Latina da Universidade de Brasília – CAL/UNB and Coleção Andrea e José Olympio Pereira, Charles Cosac and Kirkland Collection, London, UK.

He was a resident artist at the Red Bull House of Art, São Paulo, SP, 2009 and Phosphorus, São Paulo, SP, 2015. He participated in the program Pivô Pesquisa, São Paulo, SP, 2014, Capacete Universidade de Verão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ , 2012, Flusserian Fridays, Vilém Flusser Archive, Berlin, Germany, 2011, Capacete Máquina de Responder/29th São Paulo Biennial, SP, 2010 and Art + Architecture with Lucia Koch at Centro Cultural Oswald de Andrade, São Paulo, SP, 2010. He was nominated for three years in a row to PIPA Prize (2015, 2016 and 2017).

In 2020, he participated in exhibitions even online and with social distance: Un cuore due capanne. Gallery Madragoa. Lisbon, Portugal and Four Flags. Zé dos Bois Gallery. Lisbon, Portugal. In 2021 from the Drawing Tube website, Japan and Supersonic, Portugal. He was an artist supported by Residência Ybytu, São Paulo during the Pandemic and by the Gulbenkian Foundation for the art residency Air351.

His practice of artistic research dates back moments in time that influenced the aesthetics of the world as we perceive it today. By constructing a collection of facts, found objects, gifts and places he travelled, the artist re-works these elements through drawing, painting, bronze casting, charcoal strokes, video editing and arranging/re-arranging them in space in order to put these moments or situations in evidence by throwing a new light on them.

Text Português/English by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas

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Interview in Portuguese and English with Adriano Pedrosa