Artista

ANTONIO MANUEL

Antonio Manuel da Silva Oliveira (Avelãs de Caminho, Portugal, 1947). Sculptor, painter, engraver and draftsman. He arrived in Brazil in 1953 and settled with his family in Rio de Janeiro. In the mid-1960s, he studied at the Art School of Brazil (EAB), with Augusto Rodrigues (1913-1993), and attended the studio of Ivan Serpa (1923-1973). At that time, he is also a student listener of the National School of Fine Arts (Enba).

Initially, he uses the newspaper and its matrix – the flan – as support for its works. Performs interference and invents news, in which he approaches political issues and aesthetic discussions. In 1968, in the exhibition Apocalipopótese, organized by Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) and Rogério Duarte (1939), presents the Hot Urns – sealed wooden boxes that were supposed to be smashed by the public. In 1970, Antonio Manuel proposes his own body as a work, at the Salão de Arte Moderna, held at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM / RJ). Subsequently, he produces several short films, such as Madness & Culture (1973) and Semi-Optics (1975).

From the decade of 1980, it realizes paintings of abstract-geometric character, in which it explores orthogonals and the suggestion of labyrinth. In 1994, he presents the first version of the Phantom installation which, like other works by the artist, calls for a reflection on the Brazilian social and political context.

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