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<B>DAVIS LISBOA - ABOUT THE ARTIST</B> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>... read more <B>DAVIS LISBOA - ABOUT THE ARTIST</B> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> ------------------ <B>STATEMENT</B> Davis Lisboa (1965, São Paulo, Brazil), lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He is Hispano-Brazilian polyhedrical and multidisciplinary visual producer and author, who works erasing the borders between graphic and fine arts, high and low culture, art and market, crafts and technology. This artist proposes us a reflection about the postmodern linguistic and cultural hybridization as self-portrait. ------------------ <B>EDUCATION</B> 1996-now Universidad de Barcelona Bellas Artes, Painting, Barcelona, Spain 1987–1990 Escola Massana, Painting, Barcelona, Spain 1984 EBART, Escola Brasileira de Arte, Painting, São Paulo, Brazil 1978–1982 Escola Carlos de Campos, Drawing of Communication, São Paulo, Brazil ------------------ <B>BIOGRAPHY</B> 2006  Artworks for sale in the Galeria San Vicente 31, Seville, Spain  Artworks for sale in the Galeria Paspartú, Barcelona, Spain  Artworks for sale in the galeria espai [b], Barcelona, Spain 2005  Collaborations to Centre d'Art Santa Mònica's publications, Barcelona, Spain  Artworks for sale in the Galería Kunsthaus 414, Barcelona, Spain  Artworks for sale in the Galería Gaudí, Madrid, Spain  Member of the AAVC (Catalonia Visual Artists Association) 2004  Worked as webmaster, Oscar's Studio, Barcelona, Spain  1998 Obtains the Hispanic-Brazilian nationality 1989–now  Worked as free-lancer illustrator and artistic painter, Barcelona, Spain   1987–1989  Worked as illustrator, ACR Graphic Design, Barcelona, Spain   1987  Moved to live in Barcelona, Spain   1987  Worked as advertising illustrator, Publigrafs, São Paulo, Brazil   1986–1987  Worked as advertising illustrator, FCB Siboney, São Paulo, Brazil   1985–1986  Worked as advertising illustrator, CBBA Publicidade, São Paulo, Brazil   1983–1984  Worked as advertising illustrator, Sempre Propaganda S.A., São Paulo, Brazil   1965  Born in São Paulo, Brazil ------------------ <B>SOLO EXHIBITIONS</B> 2007 "BMW Ibérica" Exhibition, BMW Ibérica, Madrid, Spain "BMW Cano Catalunya" Exhibition, BMW Cano Catalunya, San Cugat, Spain "BMW Cano Catalunya" Performance and exhibition, BMW Cano Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 2006 Galería de Arte San Vicente 31, Seville, Spain "Locus quod Filiolus" Facultat de Belles Arts de Barcelona, Spain 2003 "12 Autoretrats" Facultat de Belles Arts de Barcelona, Spain 1984 “Firasse” Galeria Art Brut, São Paulo, Brazil ------------------ <B>SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS</B> 2006 Galeria d'art Contemporani espai[b] - Barcelona, Espanya Marb Art 2006, II Marbella International Contemporary Art Fair, Spain Galeria Paspartú, Barcelona, Spain 2005 Mi•zynarodowy projekt "Art for Chelmek", Chelmek, Poland Holland Art Fair, The Hague, Holand Galería de Arte Gaudí, Madrid, Spain 1989 Sala Jaume Busquet, Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain 1988 “Wonder” Sala Jaume Busquet, Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain. 1984 Galeria Art Brut, São Paulo, Brazil Associação de Artistas Plásticos da Colagem, São Paulo, Brazil ------------------ <B>PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS</B> BMW Ibérica Collection, BMW Ibérica, Madrid, Spain JBM Collection, Barcelona, Spain Centrum Miasta Collection, Chelmek, Poland ------------------ <B>FUTURE SHOWS</B> June, 15 - October, 15 2007 Paintings collective exhibition Galeria d'art Contemporani espai[b] - Barcelona, Spain <a href="" target="_blank"></a> September, 5-28 2007 Photografies and paintings collective exhibition Galeria d'art Contemporani espai[b] - Barcelona, Spain <a href="" target="_blank"></a> December, 1-9 2007 Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea Fortezza de Basso, Città di Firenze, Italia <a href="" target="_blank"></a> ------------------ <B>ARTICLES</B> DIALECTIC BETWEEN THE EXPRESSIONISM AND THE UTOPIAN MATERIALISM "I want that my paintings express a kind of virtuous broadband of ecstasy" Davis Davis is an artist defined clearly by his time. Postmodern in its form to do and to think, the artist makes evident the overcoming of the modern commitment with the innovation and the originality to give rise to the formal and expressive freedom of the postmodern ideology. Its pictorial search takes him to expand the limits of the art, transgressing the borders of high/low culture to exalted the power of the art as a mean of human expression. The creative postmodern freedom, given from the fracture of the great speeches of the art history and the overcoming of the historical idea of the progress, allows Davis to incorporate elements of the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of the past, giving as a result an eclectic plastic speech with great aesthetic impact. In the iconography of their works is possible to find referring elements to archaic cults that exalt the sexual force as a creator of the universe and the culture, combined with a multiplicity of mythical symbols that conform a speech that interlaces constantly religion and sexuality. He uses archaic symbolic and mythological forms where angels, biblical personages, symbolic objects and magical landscapes appear to us, combining figurative representations with abstract thus creating compositions where great masses of colour and geometric figures create a unique formal dialectics. His artistic precedents are the German neo-expressionism where Davis finds in figures like Kiefer, Oehlen formal, conceptual, semantic and stylistic attributes that express and reaffirm the sense of freedom and provocation of art. The artist uses in all his works the square format - tied from the Antiquity to the idea of perfection and permanence- starting at the fact that these numerical relations reflect the harmonic structure of the universe; a aesthetic-mathematical vision, where the proportion receives a mystical and symbolic sense from the relations established by the Nature. He moves in a fine balance between the gestured-geometric abstraction and the figuration in which, on a same surface great masses of color and forms coexist in an unusual way that create abstract landscapes poetically inhabit by symbols of different cultural traditions, simultaneously constructing dialectic exercises that generate the order of his pictorial universe. His works have warm tonalities and intense saturation, that remember us the force of the Latin American art and generates a fascinating presence where the European formal language and the intensity of the color are combined, that evokes several artists from the Mexican muralism. His works are the result of his own cultural crossbreeding. Davis uses in his paintings a combination of diverse pictorial resources: watered down of acrylic, superposition of oil layers, fillings, "drippings", collages and the application of sheets of gold, silver and cooper. The use of these metals has, in addition to its chromatic value, a symbolic and spiritual value. With it, the artist proposes the creation of a mystical space, a material channel to give form to the immaterial thing using the connotations of perdurability and divinity of the metals that make reference to the medieval altarpieces. After the accomplishment of several preliminary studies he executes a work that approaches universal subjects, tragic and no temporary. The artist gives much importance to the dialectic content of his work and displays this idea veiledly, inserted in a work that is simultaneously explosive and mystical. Davis proposes a charismatic, attractive and hermetic work to us inviting us to experience often impressive sensations that create a dialectic speech between the expressionism and the utopic materialism. This way, the spectator is urged to reveal the mystery of the art through exaltation nearly religious of the painting. Luján Baudino Historian of the art August, 2006 ------------------ <B>DAVIS LISBOA BY ANTONI BATLLES</B> AB: Why are you an artist? Why do you feel as an artist? DL: I remember perfectly that my first aesthetic experience happened when I was 11 years old, when influenced by the appearance of the television in colours and the sign of psicodelia in some serials of cartoons of years 70, I began to produce extensive a series of drawings of alive colourful that had a certain repercussion in my familiar and scholastic surroundings. Since then, that artistic conscience never has left to me. AB: How does your creativity emerge? DL: My creativity emerges when I do or I do not do something. In the first case, it emerges when I am drawing in my notebook, when I am photographing what I find on the street, when I am visiting a museum, when I am posting new contents in my blog, when I am leafing through an art book, when I am reading a newspaper or when I am producing my artwork. In the second case, my creativity emerges when, for example, I am lie down in the bed, just before falling asleep. AB: Which are the contents of your artwork? DL: In the 80’s, during the first stage of my artwork’s development, the continental post-modern aesthetic influenced me a lot; I’m talking about the Alselm Kiefer’s German neo-expressionism, and Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente’s Italian "transvanguardia". For that reason the contents of my artworks, seen in general, were marked by the review of the European classic tradition from "outsider Latin American" point of view; the inquiring of the idea of the originality and therefore, the taste by "remake", the rejection to the conceptual art and the recovery of the old fashioned artistic languages, like painting. In this second stage of my art development, since 2005 I slowly begin to discover and being interested in the nuances of the analytical postmodernism. So the content of my artworks might go towards a linguistic cross-cutting component and hybridization; and therefore, the inquiring of the artistic categories, the liquid border of the "High and Low Culture" and the development of subversive and hidden contents with the purpose of sabotaging some art established norms. AB: Mention three artists. DL: I will emphasize three contemporary painters, all of them with an impressive artwork set. First: Albert Oehlen, who creates with his artworks a collection of "winks" of the modern painting, constructing a sarcastic speech of it. Second: Neo Rauch, that in his pop surrealism staging, displays characters in tragic situations that seems to come from the famous TV series "The Twilight Zone" and which could evoke to the failure of the communist project. Third: Manuel Ocampo, North American artist and painter, born in the Philippines, with a transgressor and deliberate bad taste artworks, that go in between political "cartoon" and the Philip Guston’s "Bad Painting" of and who proposes us a wild criticism of the North American ideas and society. AB: What do you think about the art market? DL: The art market is a badly necessary one. AB: What is the art contribution to the Earth? DL: From the planetary point of view, art does not bring anything. From the humanistic point of view, it brings epistemology that means, art brings a way to come near to the knowledge of what we are and what it surrounds us and also of about the different and possible ways to access to these different and possible knowledge. AB: What do you think about "Artistas de la Tierra"? DL: The "Artistas De La Tierra" website is a directory where you can discover some good emerging artists. Antoni Batlles Artistas de la TierraInterview October, 2006 ------------------ <B>DAVIS LISBOA, FROM THE EARLY EXPRESSIONISM TO THE POSTMODERNITY BY JOAN LLUÍS MONTANÉ</B> Davis proposes to us with their work, a constant dialogue that looks for the fusion of plastic languages through postmodernism, working in different times, settling down different realities. With a clear neo-expressionism conviction, he lets unveil with his mixed techniques on canvas and his elaborated pictorial works in acrylic, his gestural dedication, the presence of chromatic superpositions, transparencies and splashes on works where the colour flows, in all its splendour. He displays the colour in its purer intensity, in his diversity of approaches, contained in the evidence of the transparency and the wild chromatic reach, but at the same time, subtle and suggestive. There is a clear predominance of the colour spot, that plays, contrasts, stands out, meditates, it turns ephemeral essence or transcendental evidence. He is an artist who dialogues, because he asks himself about the importance of the transcendence, but not from a spiritual positioning, but through the union of artistic languages, that constitute in themselves vibrations and diverse energies, within a clear eclecticism or attitude of combining different styles while searching the ideal concept. From the diversity of languages he creates a new language, in harmony with another way to see the painting, that, starting from the early expressionism goes through post modernity, in the sense to thread icons, hidden codes in the own work’s dynamics, establishing a singular and attractive manifestation of the transcendence. His transcendence is such that is expressed plastically through a synthesizer creative intensity. He is a browser that goes beyond the anecdote, that is a very clear question for the Hispanic-Brazilian creator, settled down in Barcelona, when he establishes from the matter, it is to say from the Herat, speeches that go beyond the biological thing. He exhibits symbolisms, icons, languages that codify new languages, that dialogue in the speeches, as gesture in the air, swallowing positive vibrations, looking for, from the contrast and determination, a greater reach than surrounds us as a mantle in the diversity of evidences. We are what we are because we left from a limited self who is material that only listens to the biological part but, soon, it extends, amplifying his assignment, since it advances towards the being. Being the being, it states the capacity of the transcendence. The semicircle predominates in many of his works, the semicircular thing, the rounded form, which is the result of the energy in movement, that supposes the conjunction of the matter, elaborated in oil, acrylic, silver, gold or collage. Suddenly the colour of the blood is emphasized, red chromaticism, explosion; in other zones of the composition stands out the intense green, ranges of green, that go beyond the emeralds, that surpass their own paradigms. He exhibit in different angles the power and influence of the purple colour, sanctity sign, from the celestial, but also from the humanism and complex life. From his pictorial work, constant purification, essential and sensual matter concentration, gold stands out from gilded, which it is the alchemic synthesis of the purity and the silver-plated of the silver, that is the middle way, the one that leads us by the footpaths of elevation. The artwork of Davis is oriented towards the footpath of the purification and the transcendence, since the artist, apprentice of alchemist, poses us subtle metaphysic enigmas to be deciphered. For Davis, the important thing is how to manage that his artwork has a holy aura, that how an image can seem be speaking from another world. He shows us a way where the contradictions of the soul are exemplified towards the celestial perfection because that the spirit stays always the same. From the allegorical biological terrestrial to the persistence of something sublime, going through his ironic and satirical attitude. He exhibits irony camouflaged in apparently idyllic surroundings, signs and elements that are, by themselves, biological, sensual, that supports a vital idea of the existence. In other compositions intense colours are emphasized, contrasted, apparently very different and contrasted to each other. There are also symbol-characters, allegories of a pleiad of signs, that, depends on how they are observed can be spiritual. In other cases, such symbols become complex, suggestive, provided with a postmodern aesthetic, atemporal, syncretic. He travels from the syncretism to the expression, avoiding the extremes, looking for the magical filter of selection, to show the allegorical part that the suggestive contents, in plastic formulations of great character, in which the mysterious thing is inside the same formal and chromatic magma. Joan Lluís Montané International Association of Art Critics November 2006 ------------------ <B>DAVIS LISBOA IN THE NET</B> <a href="" target="_blank">Absolute Arts</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Abstract Art</a> <a href="" target="_blank">All Art Online</a> <a href="" target="_blank">All Into</a> <a href="" target="_blank">All Trade Art</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Ars Humana</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Art & Design Online</a> <a href=" " target="_blank">Art & Design Online</a> <a href=" " target="_blank">Art & Design Online - My Inner Circle</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Art & Design Online - My Inner Circle</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Art 4 Heart</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Art Face Off</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Art Majeur</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Art Remains</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Art Process</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Art Wanted</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Artabus</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Arte 10</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Arte Comunicarte</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Arte En Venta</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Arte Lista</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Articite</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Artifolio</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Artistas de la Tierra</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Artist Portfolio</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Artists Space</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Arts Cad</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Arts Up</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Barceloca</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Blogspot</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Carbon Made</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Devian Art</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Conscioussness</a> <a href="" target="_blank">El Merchant</a> <a href=",Lisboa" target="_blank">Find Artist</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Internet Art Resource</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Intute</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Museo Virtual</a> <a href="" target="_blank">My Art Space</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Original Art Source</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Portfolio City</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Portfolios</a> <a href="" target="_blank">René Trepp</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Spirit Evolution Artists</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Taking It Global - Global Gallery</a> <a href="" target="_blank">The Fine Art Originals</a> <a href="" target="_blank">The Saatchi Gallery - Stuart</a> <a href="" target="_blank">The Saatchi Gallery - Your Gallery</a> <a href="" target="_blank">The Saatchi Gallery - Your Studio</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Voodoo Chilli</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Warm Toast Cafe</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Wobbly Bridge</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Your Art</a> <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube</a> ------------------

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