T I N H O
São Paulo - SP, 1973
Tinho began his career in the 80’s integrating a generation of artists with consciousness to take on urban art production as a poetic strategy of recognition, not only of their own city but as their language, powerful and comparable to the traditional ones of art history. His production, representing major importance to the contemporary Brazilian scene, proves itself, along with other talents of the time, a pioneer.
The artist, like many of his generation, start with graffiti, using the city as its host. Later on he moves to painting, the foundation of his academic education, with more emphasis, followed by photography and installations that feature as protagonists the characters that accompany him since the beginning. His work is contextualised by one's place in an urban area. It is permeated with the constant acidic and citric atmosphere of characters that hide, under their neutral aesthetic, persistent loneliness.
the 7 seas
This series is made up of 7 paintings that portray an ocean of objects of the artist's poetic universe. The references include cd's, films, books, famous artworks, skateboard shapes, toys and fashion. The oceans suggested by Tinho aren't only external, but also internal. They reference his livings, his image repertoire, the places where he navigated and continues to navigate. They are oceans of inspiration, his own blows. The series that, to the artist, is the realization of a dream, constitutes itself as an homage to everyone and everything that fed and continue to feed his development. It is a look at the past, an observance of what surrounds him on a daily basis. It is synthesis and the eternal reoccurrence of his repertoire. It is also his own fascination before those images. Tinho's latent oceans portray themselves here as an invitation for the spectator to walk into his world of references and understand how each object influenced his personal and professional journey.
To know the 7 seas means to know his world.