Henrique Oliveira

uses old plywood, fencing and PVC as his medium. Recycled from dumpsters and landfills from his home city, São Paulo, Oliveira shapes plywood around PVC forms.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Casa dos Leoes, 2009 Biennial, Porto Allegre, Brazil.
Turning a house into a sculpture.
www.henriqueoliveira.com



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Casa dos Leoes, 2009, detail.
Brazil in Portuguese is Brasil.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Tapumes, 2006, Funarte, Rio de Janeiro.
Temporary wooden construction fences are ubiquitous in Brasil.


plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Tapumes, detail, 2006, Funarte, Rio de Janeiro.




plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Xilonoma Chamusquius, 2011.
His forms burst from the gallery's walls.
3.3m x 4.4m x .9m.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Xilonoma Chamusquius, 2011, detail.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Tapumes (siding/fence), 2006.
Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, 3.5m x 12m x 1.5m


plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Tapumes (siding/fence), 2006, detail.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Tapumes 2008. (Old siding/fence)
Galerie Vallois, Paris, 3.2m x 6.2m x .9m.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Turbilhao para Turner, 2007.
4.35m x 7m x 2m


plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Turbilhao para Turner, 2007, detail.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Bololo, 2011, Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
4.3m x 9.2 m x 7.6m.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Bololo, 2011, Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
4.3m x 9.2 m x 7.6m.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Bololo, 2011, Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
4.3m x 9.2 m x 7.6m.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Tunnel (entrance) 2007, Instituto Itau Cultural.
Tunneling into the gallery wall.
Plywood, PVC and wax, 2m x 30m x 3m.


plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Tunnel (interior) 2007, Instituto Itau Cultural.


plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Triptico, 2008.
2.7m x 5.5m x .75m



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Triptico, 2008, detail.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Tapumes, 2009, Rice Gallery, Houston.
4.7m x 13.4m x 2m.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
A Origem do Terceiro Mundo, (exterior) 2010.
(The Origin of the Third World), San Paulo Biennial, 4.9m x 45m x 5m



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
A Origem do Terceiro Mundo, entrance, 2010.
San Paulo Biennial, 4.9m x 45m x 5m



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
A Origem do Terceiro Mundo (The Origin of the Third World) 2010.
www.henriqueoliveira.com


plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
A Origem do Terceiro Mundo, (inside) 2010.
San Paulo Biennial, 4.9m x 45m x 5m



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
A Origem do Terceiro Mundo, (inside) 2010.
San Paulo Biennial, 4.9m x 45m x 5m



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Xilempasto, 2010.
2.7m x 4m x .74m



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Untitled (touch), 2011
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder
plywood and pigments, 11m x 3.5m x 1m



plywood sculpture

Henrique Oliveira



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Caroco, 2008.
2m x 3m x .75m.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Cacambocitose, 2009, wood and metal. 2.3m x 3.8m x .9 meters.
www.henriqueoliveira.com


plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Cacambocitose, 2009, detail.



plywood sculpture
Plywood sculpture
Untitled, 2005, 1.m x 1.4m.
He also paints - henrique-oliveira


Henrique Oliveira was born in Ourinhos, Brazil in 1973. He received a BFA in painting in 2004 and a masters in visual poetics in 2007 from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He lives and works in São Paulo. Oliveira uses salvaged wood collected from the streets of São Paulo to create massive scale, site-specific installations with dense layers that twist, curve, bend, and split. Oliveira uses tapumes -- which in Portugese can mean fencing, boarding, or enclosure -- as a title for many of his large-scale installations. The term makes reference to the temporary wooden construction fences seen throughout the city of São Paulo where Oliveira lives.

Henrique's breakthrough occurred when he was a student at the University of São Paulo, where for two years the view from his studio window was a wooden construction fence. Over time Oliveira began to see the deterioration of the wood and its separation into multiple layers and colors. One week before the final student show opened, the construction was finished and the worn out plywood fence was discarded. Oliveira collected the wood and used it in his first installation. henrique-oliveira


Henrique Oliveira’s solo exhibitions outside Brasil:

2011           Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, EUA.
2010           Colagens - Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, U.S.A.
2010           Galeria Silvia Cintra & Box 4 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

2009           Tapumes - Rice University Art Gallery – Houston, EUA.
2009           Flying Circus Gallery - Monterrey, México.

Group exhibitions outside Brazil:
2011           Artists in Dialogue 2: Sandile Zulu and Henrique Oliveira – Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.

Residencies:

2010           The Fountainhead Residency – Miami, EUA.
2009           Artist Research Fellowship (bolsa de pesquisa) - Smithsonian Institute - Washington DC, EUA.
2008           Cité Internationale des Arts – estúdio residência - Paris, Françe.


 

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