Tulio Pinto: ATHAR


Athar –meaning Impact in Arabic– creates an immersive space where many forces are at play between the material, space, time, and perception.


Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Garzón, Uruguay, is glad to announce the solo show of the Brazilian artist Tulio Pinto opening on January 13, 2018.

Born in 1974 in Brasilia, Brazil, the artist currently lives and works in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He graduated from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS in 2009 with  degree in visual arts and a specialization in sculpture. He is also the co-founder and a member of the Atelier Subterranea.

Pinto’s artistic practice revolves around the notions of balance, strengths, ephemerality, gravity and transformation. He uses construction and industrial materials such as metal, concrete, rubber and glass, which he combines in astonishing manners to bring a dialogue between the material, the space it inhabits and the viewer. The artist is often inspired by objects familiar to him, which could be anything, for example a bright orange balloon or a chair. He uses them as starting point to create a new experiences and questionings by placing the objects in unexpected perspectives. When confronting these works, the viewer is forced to reflect on ordinary and everyday matters from a new stance.

The artist has developed a site specific installation for Athar –meaning Impact in Arabic-, which turns the gallery into a new immersive space where different contrast of forces are at play between the material, space, time and the viewer inner perception. Starting with the unique architecture of the building –a former stable- Pinto decides to play with the looseboxes and the perceptions one can have of them. The exhibition brings notions of transformation, possibilities, but also of impact and danger into action. The tensions between the different material temperaments, their limits, but also the possibility of their impact unto the viewer brings a new sense of perspectives that reflects all of Pinto artistic research up until today.

The artist has received awards for his work such as the Acquisition Prize 65° Salão Paranaense from the Contemporary Art Museum of Paraná, the MAC/PR from Curitiba, Brazil in 2014;  the Acquisition Prize - 13° SNAI – National Art Salon of  Itajaí 2013, Brazil; ARTIGO Rio 2013 Award; the 9th National Network Funarte - 2013 - CEP: body, space and route - Brazil; the Energisa Visual Arts 2011 - 2012 , João Pessoa , Pb; Acquisition Prize - Art Salon of Mato Grosso do Sul - 2011; Acquisition Prize Leonello Berti 35 ° SARP - Ribeirão Preto, SP , 2010; IV Açorianos  Award of Visual Arts - Featured on Sculpture 2009 - Porto Alegre , RS .

His works can be found in the following collections: Phoenix College Art Collection, Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Mesa Community College Gallery, Mesa, Arizona, USA; Senac SP –  São Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil; Contemporary Art Museum of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil; Itajaí Cultural Foundation, Itajaí, SC, Brazil; Institute Figueiredo Ferraz - Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil; Usina Cultural Energisa, João Pessoa, Pb, Brazil; Contemporary Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil; Marco - Contemporary Art Museum of Campo Grande, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil; National Museum of Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil; Art Museum of Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil; Municipal Art Gallery Aldo Locatelli, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Túlio has works in several private collections in Brazil.


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