DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Sidney Amaral

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Melancolia : bronze, 78x19x4,5 cm, 2012, Courtesy of the artist and Central Galeria de Arte, Sao Paulo.

Sidney Amaral explores the meaning of artistic creation at a time when contemporary art is more interested in artistic genius than in the skill of the artist. Yet, it is the combination of these two factors that made the artisan, artist. While there are many artists who use modern materials for their sculptures, Amaral, focuses on noble materials and techniques of sculpture as the bronze work. Its minimalistic and conceptual works do not deny contemporary artistic practice. Melancolia, a work painted in gold, is the perfect example. The monumental bronze sculpture does not interest him. The attraction of the work is its accessibility. The visitor, facing a life-size work is not frightened, on the contrary he might want to climb the wooden ladder that recall the ladder that leads to heaven Jacob. The golden colour attracts because it reminds gold - object of lust but rejects at the same time because the work is then placed in the sacred and the elusive register. Through its gilded bronzes depicting common objects, Amaral plays on the ambiguity of the Art World.

Sidney Amaral born in 1973 in São Paulo, Brazil where he lives and works. Degree in fine arts in 1998 from Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation - FAAP. Between 1991 and 1998 he studied painting and drawing with Professor Pedro Alzaga,in 1999. He studied drawing and watercolor in high school art and craft of São Paulo, he was a student listener in contemporary sculpture course at the University of Campinas-UNICAMP under the orientation of Professor Marcos Valle. Currently working with bronze sculpture and marble, painting in acrylic and watercolor. In 2012, Sidney Amaral participated in an artist residency at the Tamarind Institute (USA), where he worked on the theme of racial identity in Brazil and the United States. At the same institute and alongside other artists african-Brazilian guests, Amaral lithographs created from the results of your search.The artist is represented by Gallery Central in São Paulo.

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