Tonico Lemos Auad

Tonico Lemos Auad (b. 1968, Belém, Brazil) lives and works in London, and studied at Goldsmith’s College. Auad creates lyrical, often transient forms using a wide range of materials- from the ephemeral and everyday, to the precious and enduring. Notions of luck, traditional anecdotes, chance, and the supernatural pervade Auad’s work, but beyond playfulness, his work resonates with a darker underbelly of existence. For Auad, an awareness of death and the brevity of life is always near at hand. In 2011, a collection of specially commissioned sculptures entitled Carrancas and Reflected Archaeology were exhibited as part of the Folkestone Triennial, UK.

Selected solo exhibitions include; Tonico Lemos Auad, De La Warr Pavilion,  Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex (2015-16),Tonico Lemos Auad, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2012); Figa, CRG Gallery, New York (2012); Carrancas and Reflected Archaeology,The Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone (2011); Sleep Walkers, Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo (2011); Mouth, Ears, Eyes…Just like us, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2009); Silent Singing, CRG Gallery, New York (2008); and at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, with accompanying artist monograph  (2007). Selected group exhibitions include: Além da Vanguarda, Bienal Naifs do Brasil, SESC Piracicaba, São Paulo (2012); House of Cards: An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, in collaboration with Christie’s (2012); Mythologies, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2011); Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2010); Epílogo, Zapopan Museum, Zapopan, Mexico; Going International, The Flag Art Foundation, New York (2010); Textiles Art and the Social Fabric, MUHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2009); Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where you are, Toyota Municipal Art Museum, Japan (2008); This is Not a Void, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2008); The British Art Show 06, Hayward Gallery touring exhibition, UK (2006); Art Circus (Jumping from the Ordinary), International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan (2005) and Adaptive Behavior, New Museum, New York (2004).

Last updated: 15.02.2017


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