Flávio Cerqueira (Brazil), as an artist/storyteller, creates figurative bronze sculptures focused on the construction of narratives and the representation of actions. He depicts his characters in common everyday situations, such as in moments of introspection, reflection, concentration and action. The presence of everyday objects, such as mirrors, books, tree trunks, ramps, stairs, create tension with the out-of-scale bronze human figures. Flávio uses sculpture as a tool to immobilise the instant, the moment of the fragment of a narrative, where the spectator becomes a co-author in the production of meaning to say that history has no end, but with various endings the boundaries between fantasy and reality disappear. 

During his residency, Flávio will focus on researching the individuals and types represented in the classical and neoclassical sculptures in museums collections and art foundries.

Flávio lives and works in São Paulo. He earned a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP-2018). He works using traditional process of sculpting known as lost wax casting and bronze casting, and explores the human figure as the protagonist. 

Flávio’s work has been featured at numerous group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, including at the Open Spaces in Kansas City, MO (2018); Histórias Afro Atlânticas, MASP – São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Queermuseu, Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2017); South/South Let me Begin Again, Goodman Gallery Cape Town, South Africa (2017), 10th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2015); Resignifications, Museu Stefano Bardini, Florence, Italy (2015); and the 16th Bienal de Cerveira, Portugal (2011).  

His works can be found in important collections in Brazil, including the University of Missouri-Kansas – UMKC, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the Museu Afro Brasil, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo – MAC – USP, Museu Nacional da República  – MUN and the Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul- MARGS  

With support from

Moraes-Barbosa Collection


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