Anos 60-70 em construção
In his childhood, he accompanies his parents in their work travels throughout Brazil, through cerrados, mountains, rivers; iron, lead and diamond mines, and steel mills, settling for a while in Belo Horizonte. Witnesses the emergence of industrial development and mass culture in those regions. Writes his first poems, influenced by relatives who were musicians, photographers and educators, and also by revelry, congadas, serenades, bossa nova, rock and roll, comic books and American cinema.
Lives and studies in Uberaba (MG), when he works on his first paintings. Works in a radio programme aimed at young people. Participated in avant-garde theater groups, concerts and carnival groups, and writes his first lyrics. Is an active participant in the student movement. Joins the leftist organization Política Operária [Worker’s Politics] (POLOP). Wins prizes in song contests and has his first song recorded. Publishes with a mimeograph his first book of poems. Publishes poetic experiments in the Literary Supplement of Correio Católico de Uberaba (Minas Gerais), edited by Guido Bilharinho. joins the Central Institute of Arts of the University of Brasília (UnB) where he attends courses in art, scenography, dramaturgy and theatre direction. Gets in touch with Concretism and Neo-Concretism, and creates his first poem-processes. Joins the Nnucleus of Training Socialist Party of Brazilian Revolution. Deepens his involvement with the student movement, being elected president of the art student union, vice-president of the Federation of Students of the University of Brasília and the National Executive Commission of Students of Arts/Architecture. Makes artistic-political interventions in the Federal District. Is arrested by the Dictatorship forces while he takes part in the XXX UNE Congress, in Ibiúna, 1968, and is released soon after. Is wanted by the enforcement agencies, being forced to take refuge in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro). During this period, he participates in the People’s Liberation Movement (MPL) and survives thanks to the prizes he receives in song contests and by selling paintings on the roadside.
After being acquitted by the Supreme Military Court, he returns to Brasília, where he attends the course of Communication Sciences at Teaching Center Unified Brasilia, using the credits from his art studies at the UnB. Participates in counterculture movements with the publishing and artistic group TRIBO. Writes poems and song lyrics, and experiments with poetry and visual arts. Works as an intern for the newspapers O Globo and Estado de S. Paulo. Becomes the creative director of Brazilian Communication Agency. Watched and chased once again by the military regime, he finishes his course in Communication Sciences. Marries by proxy the Chilean Flôr Maria and goes into exile in Chile. In Santiago, he studies sound technology and participates in big street demonstrations with the group ANTACH, with urban political interventions. Returnes to Brazil one month before the coup that overthrows Salvador Allende, living in Rio de Janeiro. Works with advertising and writes a column about sound technology in the newspaper O Globo. Idealizes, produces shoes of music and poetry with artists of several generations, in alternative spaces in the city. At MAM (Modern Art Museum RJ) he produces and directs, with Jards Macalé, the historical show Banquete dos Mendigos, on Human Rights Day, in a collaboration with the UN attended by many famous artists. The show turns into a double stage. Participates in several independent poetic movements. Publishes Pipa, a one-page book, with 100 poems and the urban cordel “Purpurina.” Is appointed director of the Audiovisual Division of the State Government. Researches and documents folk art in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and coordinates the production of documentary films. Creates and directs events of music, poetry and artistic occupation at Visual Arts School of Parque Lage. Publishes in several alternative magazines and newspapers, including GAM magazine. His lyrics are recorded by many friends and performers of Brazilian popular music, including Macalé, Elza Maria, Zé Renato, Cláudio Nucci, Marlui Miranda, Vinícius Cantuária and Roberto Menescal. Is invited to work in the sectors of multimedia and publishing of the National Foundation of Fine Arts (Funarte), and in the National Institute of Fine Arts (INAP), where he organizes exhibitions. Works with visual poetry experiments and starts his own research project and paintings with minerals and natural pigments.
Develops his painting project with minerals on several supports and objects. Keeps on writing, publishing and participating in performances. Organizes exhibitions for Funarte. Conceives and hosts the TV programme Mouth to Mouth at Bandeirantes TV, directed by Maurice Capovilla, with emerging musicians and performers of the 1980s. Works in radio programmes. Records electroacoustic experimentations with Vânia Dantas Leite. Publishes the book of poems Trincheira de espelhos [Trench of Mirrors]. Participates, at PUC, in the exhibition Rádio Novela Project. Is part of the exhibition Como Vai Você, Geração 80? (How Are You, Generation 80?), at Visual Arts School of Parque Lage. Has his first solo exhibition, Luzz, at Paulo Klabin gallery (São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro). Joins the row of composers of [the carnival group] Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel. Becomes director of the special counsel of the president of Funarte and heads the project of occupation of the sheds of the Rio de Janeiro quayside, together with cartoonist Ziraldo. Keeps on composing with several partners. Publishes the book of poems poETa clandestine [Clandestine PoET]. Directs music and multimedia shows. With neighbours and friends, founds the carnival groups Christ’s Armpis, Lira do Delírio and Bloco Virtual, a starting point for the contemporary street carnival of Rio de Janeiro. Creates carnival props and objects. Conducts a research project about the use of minerals and pigments in visual arts with a scholarship from CNPq. Exhibits in several group shows. Organizes the international exhibition Langsdorff, Back to the Soviet Union to Brazil. Organizes, in Paris, the exhibition Modernity. Exhibits the series Nova matéria [New Matter]. Diversifies his creative process simultaneously in poetry, paintings, objects, interventions and sound. Teaches a course on the use of natural pigments, minerals and materials at Hangar 3D of Visual Arts School of Parque Lage. Gives workshops and lectures at several museums and art schools. Travels with students to mines of iron and other minerals. His works are acquired by museums and private collections. Participates in exhibitions of visual poetry such as Eletropoem and Poetry Unmagical.
Is an active participant in the National Movement of Artists for Nature, with Bené Fonteles, and in the group exhibition Indigenous Traps. Creates the permanent work Século XXI – resíduos e vestígios [21st Century – residues and vestiges] , for the São Paulo subway. Watched, as interim director of INAP, the dismantling of Funarte. Creates an installation for the spectacle Divina comédia [Divine Comedy], by Regina Miranda, at MAM (RJ). Participates in the Earth Summit of 1992, with many exhibitions, lectures, interventions and performances. Goes to Brasília during the process of impeachment of the president and performs the emblematic intervention Olhos na Justiça [Eyes on Justice]. Joins the “painted-faces,” with urban interventions and political allegories. Exhibits the series of paintings Infinitos e limites [Infinites and Limits]. The video Xico Chaves – Trajetória de uma pintura [Xico Chaves – Trajectory of a Painting], directed by Felipe Lacerda and Patricia Bromirsk, is awarded at Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris. Composes, with Antonio Adolfo, song lyrics for two theater plays for children, and for children’s records. Coordinates the visual arts division of Ação da Cidadania Contra a Miséria e Pela Vida (campaign against hunger) together with sociologist Betinho. Takes the position of director of Visual Arts School of Parque Lage with artists Luiz Aphonsus de Guimaraens and Maria do Carmo Secco. Exhibits the series of paintings and objects Lummens. Participates in the implementation of the Nise da Silveira space at Centro Cultural da Saúde. Starts to work at the National Museum of Fine Arts under the management of Heloisa Aleixa Lustosa, where he participates in the conception, curatorship and set up of large international exhibitions, parallel contemporary exhibitions and collections. Coordinates the project “Brasil Arte Origem.” Participates actively in the street carnival of Rio. Re-founds, with other artists, the historical Cabaré Kalessa, at Praça Mauá. Intensifies his production of art and visual poetry. Releases, in collaboration with Sylvia Cyntrão, the book Da Pauliceia à Centopéia Desvairada - As vanguardas e a MPB [From Wild Pauliceia to Wild Centipede – Vanguard and Brazilian Popular Music] . One of his works is included in the international travelling exhibition The Millenium Art Collection.
the 2000s up today
His daughter with Kenny Neoob, Joanna, is born. Sets up a studio in Canal de Marapendi, Barra da Tijuca. Launches book-objects of stone, records, CDs and fossilized floppy disks of the future. Extends his production of objects/artefacts with minerals. Paints in several languages and forms. Continues with his research with pigments, binding agents, and media. Has exhibitions and is a curator for the Nation Museum of Fine Arts. Is granted a research scholarship from Faperj. Organizes contemporary art exhibitions with several artists. Has parallel exhibitions of the series Arqueoplanos and Intercalary Fragments. Coordinates the Origin Museum Nucleus of the National Museum of Fine Arts. Is part of the Visual Arts Politics group. Idealizes and runs the seminar “Art/Estate”. Is appointed director of the Centre for Visual Arts of Funarte in its new restructuring. Exhibits, at Republic Museum, the installation Obelistic / the comic tragedy of the wooden horses. Makes interventions in public spaces. At Funarte, idealizes and directs the projects “Rede Nacional Funarte Artes Visuais,” (Nelson Ricardo Martins coordination), programmes for the occupation of art spaces “Projectiles Contemporany Arts” (Rio de Janeiro), “Visual Acts and Marquee” (DF), “eSPaços de Artes Visuais” (São Paulo), “Visual Arts Editorial Program” (elaborated by Glória Ferreira), “Visual Arts Connecting MinC/Funarte/Petrobras” (idealized together with Nelson Ricardo Martins), and many contemporary art programmes. Articulates with MinC/Funarte, the Chamber of Visual Arts. Produces many works in his studio. Participates in several group exhibitions. Participates in the founding of the carnival group Vade Retro. Starts to document, with photographs and videos, carnival revellers and groups. Participates in the project for recovering carnival marches promoted by Perfeito Fortuna at Fundição Progresso. Takes the post of special advisor at Funarte, where he coordinates the micro-projects “More Culture for the Semiarid” and “Amazônia Legal.” Participates in numerous group exhibitions of visual arts, poem-objects, visual poetry, and poetic installations, like Obranome and Quadrilha, organized by artist and curator Wagner Barja. Exhibits works and gives lectures at the International Biennial of Poetry (DF), headed by Antonio Miranda. Produces several series of works with minerals and pigments Marès [Tides], LUZZ [LUZZ – LIGHT] and Nova matéria [New Matter]). Receives the title of Visual Arts Notorious Know from the University of Brasília. Inaugurates at Oi Futuro Ipanema, the poetic installation Siga [Follow]. Displays, at Oi Futuro Flamengo, the multimedia exhibition Orbit-Poetic-Xico Chaves – curated by Alberto Saraiva and sponsored by Oi, Secretary of Culture of the Rio de Janeiro State, and production by Fase 10 – Ação Contemporânea. Retakes the position of director of the Centre for Visual Arts of Funarte. Creates the urban intervention Ficha Brasília Ibiúna 68 [File Brasília Ibiúna 68] at the contemporary art show Aberto Brasília, promoted by CCBB/AVE. Participares in the project “Transperformance” with the intervention/performance L.O.V.E / A.R.T.
Bachelor of Arts and Communication Sciences from the University of Brasilia and University Center of Brasilia, Notorious Knowledge in Visual Arts from the University of Brasilia (UNB), visual artist, poet and cultural producer, based in Rio de Janeiro. Held several exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, published books of poetry, participating in contemporary poetic and artistic movements. He has lyrics written by several partners and performers, including Geraldo Azevedo, Jards Macalé, Elba Ramalho, Boca Livre, Zé Renato, Nara Leão, Claudio Nucci, Marlui Miranda, Caetano Veloso, Vinicius Canterbury, Antonio Adolfo. He has been dedicated to multimedia languages in contemporary art and use of mineral pigments in visual arts. Performs artistic creation works in TV, Video and photography. In public administration coordinated and directed national and international cultural projects, he is the director of the Audiovisual Division of the Government of Rio de Janeiro, special adviser and curator of the National Museum of Fine Arts and director of the Visual Arts Center Funarte where implemented exhibition projects and created the Rede Nacional de Artes Visuais project Visual Arts, the contemporary issues program, video, books, DVDs and CD-ROM.