Mauro Piva

23/03/2013 - 27/04/2013

In his first solo exhibition at Galeria Leme, Mauro Piva presents a new body of gouaches and paintings, based in the imaginary of identity creation and literal expression of individuals from the absence of essential formal or written characteristics.

In the body of paintings that allude to Mondrian’s work, Piva uses masking tape, central element of these works, to recreate the delimitation of spaces, colors, and sometimes the lines made by the artist. Yet he makes that the tape itself is turned into something beyond a mere construction tool, once is painted in the canvas, containing in it the totality of the work. Piet Mondrian becomes recognized not by spaces filled with colors, but by the absence of this colors and its supposed vestige in the delimitating element.

In another situation the masking tape appears painted in small pieces, overlapped or not. Mauro Piva brings to the surface of painting a tridimensional element constantly used and thrown away in studios in an attempt to reuse this component, but in a distinguished way. In the works in which the tape, painted on the canvas, becomes tridimensional, the artist turns to another of it’s functions; that of holding something, as the tape held the canvas. As the masking tapes have extremely varied colors and textures, so do the ones painted by the artist.

In the gouaches, in which ripped papers that suggest short letters or notes are delicately painted, Mauro Piva invites the spectator to imagine what would be written in this papers. The size of the painted paper and its small rip suggest a space for few words, as in a shot of speech, a small message or a reminder, fragments of the quotidian. The gouaches, all with the exact same size and rip, inspire equal ways of saying different things and ways to establish some communication, even if with oneself.

About the artist:

Mauro Piva (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1977). Lives and works in São Paulo.

Part of the MAM-SP Collection, Mauro Piva has had solo exhibitions in Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City, Mexico (2011); Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain (2011); Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (2010); and the group shows: Vestígios da Brasilidade, Santander Cultural Recife, Recife, Brazil (2011); Intimidade, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil (2009); Gabinete de Desenhos, MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2007); 10 anos + 1 Os Anos Recentes da Arte Brasileira, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2006).