Ernesto Neto is a Brazilian artist whose production is in sculpture and installation. Heir to the so-called Brazilian “neoconcretism,” whose origins are found in the abstract geometric language of European masters.
His work is characterized by the creation of spaces, many of them labyrinthine, so that the viewer can appropriate them, while becoming part of the artistic creation. Those who visit his installations, which generally occupy the entire enclosure of the exhibition, are invited to enter and traverse them, seeing, touching, and experiencing.
Neto works with organic forms, and malleable or stretchy materials such as polyester, lycra, nylon, and polyethylene foam to refer to the human body and its internal organs—materials that contain a considerable charge of fragility and sensuality.
Neto’s work has been exhibitd at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, 2011; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, 2013; Faena Arts Centre, Buenos Aires, 2011; Hayward Gallery, London, 2010; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010; Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway, 2010; Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil 2010; Museo d’Arte Contemporânea, Rome, 2008; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, 2002.
He has participated in numerous biennials, most recently, Sharjah Biennial 11 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2013. He represented Brazil at the 49th Venice Biennale, 2001.
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