Rodrigo Garcia Dutra

In Fieri I (NFT), 2021. NFT high resolution image printed on textile 173 × 130 cm
Magma I, II, III e IV, 2020. Oil, graphite and charcoal on canvas 19 x 27 cm each. 2020
Composição Inconsciente VIII, 2019. Wooden sculpture, 70 x 50 x 0,6 cm
A Linguagem da Serpente, 2019. Polyptych, 24 parts. Acrylic on wood. 100 x 200 cm
Code Language, 2018. Polyptych, 5 parts. Oil, acrylic, clay and ceramics on canvas. 30 x 150 cm
Casa de Chá, 2016. Oil and chalk on canvas, 100 × 130 cm

His practice of artistic research dates back moments in time that influenced the aesthetics of the world as we perceive it today. The artist builds a collection of facts, found objects, gifts and places where he travelled. Then he re-works these elements through drawing, painting, bronze casting, charcoal strokes, video editing and arranging/re-arranging them in space in order to put these moments or situations in evidence by throwing a new light on them.

Born in 1981, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a Master Fine Arts degree from the Central Saint Martin of Art and Design, London, UK (2009) with a Lismore Castle Scholarship and a Master’s degree in Sculpture at the Royal College of Arts in London, UK (2014). He received a prize from the São Paulo Biennial Foundation, SP, Brazil Contemporary Art Program and participated in the following exhibitions: “Tomorrow: London”, at South London Gallery, London, UK, “Mestizo Stories” at Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo, SP, 18th Sesc_Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival: 30th Anniversary, São Paulo, SP and “Open Cube” at White Cube, London, UK. His works were acquired by public collections such as the British Government Art Collection, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP, Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, Museu Nacional da República de Brasília and Casa da Cultura da América Latina da Universidade de Brasília – CAL/UNB and Coleção Andrea e José Olympio Pereira. He was a resident artist at the Red Bull House of Art, São Paulo, SP, 2009 and Phosphorus, São Paulo, SP, 2015. He participated in the program Pivô Pesquisa, São Paulo, SP, 2014, Capacete Universidade de Verão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 2012, Flusserian Fridays, Vilém Flusser Archive, Berlin, Germany, 2011, Capacete Máquina de Responder/29th São Paulo Biennial, SP, 2010 and Art + Architecture with Lucia Koch at Centro Cultural Oswald de Andrade, São Paulo, SP, 2010. He was nominated for three years in a row to PIPA Prize (2015, 2016 and 2017). Recently he participated in the exhibitions: “Un cuore due capanne” (online show), Gallery Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal and “Four Flags”, Zé dos Bois Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, the Drawing Tube website, Japan and Supersonic, Portugal. He was an artist supported by Residência Ybytu, São Paulo during the Pandemia.

“At AiR 351, I´m working through the notion of “Bodenlos” a word in German Language that means lack of ground, used by Vilém Flusser to describe his situation as a Czech-born philosopher, writer and journalist living for a long period in São Paulo (where he became a Brazilian citizen) and later in France. His works were written in many different languages. I do myself find strange being in Portugal, which I feel as Europe that speaks my language, having lived before in London, England and Berlin, Germany. I did also some research and experiments in AI (Artificial Intelligence) as it is mostly know as ´machine learning´. I did input this new language I´m working with into the computing process and got some interesting results. I did also find some resonances in between some architectural elements I saw in a building of a research institute in Lisbon which is part of my investigation into the ontological consequences of contemporary architecture as a language with deep roots in Imperial Japan of the Edo period between 1603 and 1868.”

08.2021 – 11.2021