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Paulo Nimer Pjota
Every Empire Breaks Like a Vase on view from Opening October 22, 2021 from 6-9PM
Extended TWO x TWO hours October 23, 1-3PM

Paulo Nimer Pjota (b. 1988) is an artist living and working in São Paulo, Brazil. Throughout his project, history and mythology of ancient culture is imbricated with contemporary and urban street aesthetics. Objects and references from Ancient Egypt, Flemish still-life, and Greek mythology are composed on painterly, monochromatic backgrounds combined with symbols from popular culture found throughout the streets of Brazil. Cast sculptures reflect the art of antiquity and exotic fruits from street markets are paired with his painted imagery. Pjota’s highly orchestrated allegorical compositions are a reflection of the realism of his time and address conflict brought on political and economical disparity, the struggle to maintain power, and personal biography.

His most recent solo exhibitions include 1981/2021: arte contemporânea brasileira, CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2021); Imagens que não se comportam, MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2021); Cenas de Casa, Caixa de Pandora, Ivani e Jorge Yunes Collection, São Paulo (2019); Medley, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2018); The history in repeat mode — image, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2017); The history in repeat mode — symbol, Maureen Paley / Morena di Luna, Hove (2017). Additionally, his work has been included in institutional group exhibitions such as Private Passion - New Acquisitions in the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley, Oslo (2019); Trouble in Paradise, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam (2019); Sea of Desire, Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles (2018); Going it is own way, KRC Collection, Voorschoten (2018); The Marvellous Cacophony, Biennal of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia (2018); O Triângulo Atlântico, 11ª Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2018); Painting |or| Not, The KaviarFactory, Lofoten (2017); Soft Power, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2016); 19º Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo (2015); Here There, Qatar Museums – Al Riwaq, Doha (2015); Imagine Brazil, Astrup Feranley Museet, Oslo (2013) / DHC/Art Foundation for Contemporary, Montreal (2015); 12 Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2013).

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