Luiz Zerbini (b. 1959, Brazil )

Luiz Zerbini, born in São Paulo in 1959, currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro and has exhibited widely in Brazil since the early 1990’s. He works in distinct yet thematically related bodies of work, including lush, large-scale panoramic realist paintings, abstract grid paintings, mixed media assemblages, among others. His works are inspired by Brazilian modernism, and particularly Brazilian modernist architecture as well as Brazil’s natural landscape. 

As an artist, Zerbini came of age at the end of the Brazilian dictatorship.  He was included in the seminal 1984 exhibition How are you doing? ‘80’s Generation (Como vai voce, geracao 80?). In the mid-1990’s, Zerbini co-founded the noise band Chelpa Ferro with the sculptor Barao and film editor Sergio Mekler. They are known as a band that makes “visual music”, and the group represented Brazil at the 2005 Venice Biennial.

Some of Zerbini’s notable recent solo exhibitions include Pinturas at Casa Daros, in Rio de Janeiro; Amor at Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, Minas Gerais; and amor lugar comum at Museude Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro.  As well, Zerbini has presented his work in Biennials in Sao Paulo and Havana.  

Zerbini , Luiz b. 1959

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