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Iran do Espírito Santo

Born in Mococa, Brazil in 1963, Iran do Espírito Santo is one of the country’s most interesting contemporary artists. Often working on an ambitious scale, he wryly subverts the Minimalist tradition through his abstracted sculptures of familiar everyday objects made strange by their disorientating size and incongruous materials, such as granite, glass, steel, copper or stone. These sculptural works strip away all extraneous detail, emphasizing the essential line and form of the object. This rigorous simplicity carries through to his demanding wall drawings in paint and graphite that transform the entire gallery through subtle gradations of tone and hypnotic repetition of pattern, but require many weeks to complete. It was a combination of these two aspects of his practice which comprised the artist’s first UK solo exhibition, at Ingleby Gallery during Edinburgh Art Festival 2010.

In the past two decades, Iran do Espírito Santo has received much international acclaim and his works have been exhibited widely in museums and galleries worldwide, and are included in the collections of many prominent museums such as: the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He has also made substantial contributions to the Venice Biennale (1999 and 2007), the Bienal de São Paulo (1987), and the Istanbul Biennal (2000). Recent exhibitions have included Present Tense at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Portrait as an Image of the World, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo.

Santo’s first public installation Playground, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, was unveiled in September 2013 in Central Park, New York. Santo’s major solo exhibition Aside was held at Ingleby Gallery from October – November 2013.

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