Galeria Karla Osorio announces its participation in ZONA MACO 2022, in México City. The proposal is to present artists of different generations dealing with geometry, visual poetry and transcendence issues, reflections on present and future time. The choice of 2 key artists ALMANDRADE and RODRIGO GARCIA DUTRA was the curator Luiza Teixeira de Freitas.

The first one of the creators of revista da Semioótica in the 70s, in Brazil, an artist already historical and important in geometry and visual poetry; the second a younger artist with very powerful works dealing with geometry and ancestry. Both explore different techniques such as painting, drawing, sculpture and poetry with original supports and poetics.

Aligning this dialogue we will have 2 works in neon of the young Verena Smit – word / poetry.

The booth set brings poetic power and poignant aesthetics, focused on the strength of the word, abstraction and geometry.

download here the PDF preview of the artworks in the fair

About the Artists

Rodrigo Garcia Dutra (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – 1981)
He holds a Master’s Fine Arts from Central Saint Martin of Art and Design, London, UK (2009) with a Lismore Castle Scholarship and a Master’s in Sculpture from the Royal College of Arts, London, UK (2014). Received an award from Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, SP, Brazil Contemporary Art Program and participated in the following exhibitions: “Tomorrow: London”, at the South London Gallery, London, UK, “Mestizo Stories” at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, SP , 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil: 30th Anniversary, São Paulo, SP and “Open Cube” at White Cube, London, UK. It has works acquired by the public collections of the British Government Art Collection, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP, Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, Museu Nacional da República, Brasília and Casa da Cultura da América Latina da Universidade de Brasília – CAL /UNB and Andrea and José Olympio Pereira Collection. He was artist-in-residence at the spaces Red Bull House of Art, São Paulo, SP, 2009 and Phosphorus, São Paulo, SP, 2015. He participated in the programs 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 Bienal de São Paulo, SP, 2010 and Art + Architecture with Lucia Koch at the Oswald de Andrade Cultural Center, São Paulo, SP, 2010 .It was nominated for three consecutive years for the PIPA award (2015, 2016 and 2017). In 2020, he participated in exhibitions even online and with social distance: Un cuore due capanne. Madragoa Gallery. Lisbon, Portugal and Four Flags. Zé dos Bois Gallery. Lisbon, Portugal. In 2021 from Drawing Tube, Japan and Supersonic, Portugal. He was an artist supported by the Ybytu Residence, São Paulo during the Pandemic. His artistic research practice dates back to moments in time that influenced the aesthetics of the world as we perceive it today. By building a collection of facts, found objects, gifts and places he has traveled, the artist re-works these elements through drawing, painting, bronze casting, charcoal tracing, video editing and arranging/re-arranging them in space. in order to put these moments or situations in evidence, shedding a new light on them.

Almandrade (Salvador/Brasil, 1953)
He is a visual artist, master in urban drawing, poet and a theory of art teacher at the art workshops of the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia and Palacete das Artes. Participated in several group exhibitions, among them: XII, XIII, XVI Bienal de São Paulo; “Em Busca da Essência” – special exhibition of the XIX Bienal de São Paulo; IV Salão Nacional; Universo do Futebol (MAM / Rio); Feira Nacional (São Paulo); II Salão Paulista, 1a Exposição Internacional de Esculturas Efêmeras (Fortaleza); I Salão Baiano; II Salão Nacional; He received honorable mentions at the I Salão Estudantil in 1972. He has integrated collections of visual poems, multimedia and installation projects in Brazil and abroad. He is one of the creators of the Language Studies Group of Bahia who published the magazine “Semiótica” in 1974. He has held more than thirty individual exhibitions in Salvador, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and São Paulo between 1975 and 2018 and participated of national and international art fairs, such as SP-Arte, Art-Rio, VOLTA NY and Basel, EXPO Chicago, India Art Fair, among others. He has works in major museums in Brazil and in some abroad. With highlights to the collections of the Museu de Arte do Rio (under Paulo Herkenhoff curatorship) and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. He also published the books “O Sacrifício dos Sentidos”; “Obscuridade do Riso”, “Poemas”, “Suor Noturno” and in the press “Arquitetura de Algodão”. His poems seek to give words plastic intensity and he is one of the great Brazilian names of the visual poem and the neo-concrete art movement.

Created in 2015, the Karla Osorio gallery is the only one in Brasília with an international presence, participating in art fairs in several countries. Its director, whose name is the gallery one, has extensive experience in contemporary art. In 2000, she created ECCO – Contemporary Cultural Space, which for 15 years was the main private non-profit institution dedicated to contemporary art in Brasilia – more than 250 artists in individual and group shows with educational projects, about 100 publications. Among the artists on display are AES+F, Artur Barrio, Bené Fonteles, Cildo Meirelles, Hélio Oiticica, Mario Cravo Neto, Miguel Rio Branco, Nelson Leirner, Rosângela Rennó, Sebastião Salgado, Vik Muniz, Wang Qing Song etc. The gallery represents Brazilian and foreign artists, at the beginning or middle career and it also operates in the secondary market. It favors innovative artistic production and encourages diverse languages and techniques. His program has an important focus on geometry, minimalism and visual poetry, in addition to abstractionism in painting above all. It is also concerned with supporting artists who deal with gender issues and approach socio-political issues with depth, deepening questions about their own time. Develops a project to encourage new collectors and to include artists on the national and international scene. It is located in a very unique site, having 5 pavillions with 6 galleries and an artist residence program connected with a large garden in which are displayed open air sculptures. It keeps a schedule of temporary exhibitions, launching publications with bilingual curatorial texts. It also offers courses, workshops and interventions in the public space, often in partnership with other institutions.