Dec 3rd 2013

Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes’s brightly colored abstract paintings take their roots from Brazilian and European modernism and baroque forms. They are inspired by the brilliant flora and fauna of her home country, Brazil, and its decorative cultural offerings such as Carnival and local folk arts. During the early 1990s, the artist developed an unusual technique of adhering small acrylic paintings on plastic—such as flowers, arabesques, or lace patterns—onto large-scale canvases in a style that referenced collage, graffiti, and plastic decals. She is known for her use of bold, vibrant color and stylized compositions of ornamental floral motifs and geometric forms. Milhazes has had solo exhibitions at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; and Fondation Cartier, Paris, and has participated in many biennial exhibitions including São Paulo, 2004 and 1998; Venice, 2003; and Sydney, 1998. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophía, Madrid, among others.

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