- Ernesto Neto
Ernesto Saboia de Albuquerque Neto (
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil1964– ) is a contemporary artistworking in plastic.
Ernesto Neto began exhibiting in Brazil in 1988 and has had solo exhibitions abroad since 1995. He represented with
Vik Muniztheir country in 2001 Venice Biennale, his installations were featured in Brazil's national pavilion and in the international group exhibition at the Arsenale.
Neto's work has been described as "beyond abstract minimalism". His installations are large, soft, biomorphic sculptures that fill an exhibition space with viewrs can touch, poke, and even sometimes walk on or through. These are made of white, stretchy, stockinglike material, which he stuffs- to fill out and solidify the amorphous forms- with Styrofoam pellets or, occasionally, aromatic spices: in some installations, he has also used this material to create translucent scrims that transform the space's walls and floor. His sculptures can be regarded as expression of traditional abstract form, but in their interaction with the viewer they work on another level as well.
*1994, 1997 Escola de Artes Visuais Pargua Lage, Rio de Janeiro
*1994-96 Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
One of his most acclaimed installation is the one at the
Panthéonin Pariscalled Léviathan Thot.
Neto has been awarded chevalier de L'
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Soares, Valeska; Meireles, Cildo; Neto, Ernesto. "Seduções: Installations". Hatje; Daros. 2006
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