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Antonio Malta Campos

SELECTED WORKS BY Antonio Malta Campos

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Antonio Malta Campos
Things

2007

Acrylic on canvas

230 x 360 cm
Once upon a time, jazz introduced the unstable wonder of improvisation, or jamming, to the structures that formerly guided music making. According to the dictionary, the expression has various meanings aside signaling the participation in a jam session, such as: To drive or wedge forcibly into a tight position.
Untitled
Antonio Malta Campos
Black & Blue

2007

Acrylic on canvas

230 x 360 cm
Brazilian artist Antonio Malta Campos seems to apply jamming principles to the elaboration of his unpredictable but close-fitting paintings. In a video made of sequences that show a visual account of his creative process, we see him beginning a painting with a single pattern that grows over time into a complex interweaving of visual strata.
We witness how the colour layers start defining organic forms, how transparencies suggest spectral shapes and cubist formations of light and shadow shine out.
Figures in Red
Antonio Malta Campos
Figures in Red

2004

Oil on canvas

230 x 360 cm
The appreciation of the overall composition subsequently gives way to the perception of existing narratives: the soundless intensity of a couple’s conversation and solitary characters in a minimal landscape, looking straight into the void or staring at us as lost heroes. Occasional grids of single elements, such as skulls serially repeated on the painting, also produce a jamming effect of abstract and figurative elements.
Figures in Red #2
Antonio Malta Campos
Figures in Red #2

2004

Oil on canvas

230 x 360 cm
In his stunning gouaches from the series called Misturinhas, painted motifs are mixed with collaged photographs. Echoes of avant-garde experiments in photo-montage – such as in the memorable works of Raoul Hausmann and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy are brought to mind. Malta Campos, employment of sampling, jamming and layering seem to indicate that if his works had sound, theirs would be the sound of jazz.

Text © Gabriela Salgado

Antonio Malta Campos's BIOGRAPHY

Antonio Malta Campos
Born in 1961, São Paulo, Brazil
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Antonio Malta, Galeria Marília Razuk, São Paulo

2012
Antonio Malta e Erika Verzutti, Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo (curator: José Augusto Ribeiro)

2007
Antonio Malta, Galeria Virgilio, São Paulo

2004
Formas e Cores, Galeria Virgilio, São Paulo

2000
Antonio Malta, CEMIG, Belo Horizonte

1999
Antonio Malta, Galeria SESC Paulista, São Paulo


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Pangea: New Art from Africa and Latin America. Saatchi Gallery, London
Arbeit Und Freundschaft. Pivô, São Paulo

2004
Outro Lugar. Galeria Virgílio, São Paulo

2003
Programa de Exposições do Centro Cultural São Paulo. São Paulo

1998
Além do Arco-Íris, FAAP, São Paulo (curated by Per Hovdenakk)

1987
Olho&Óleo, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo

1985
Apto 13, Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo (with Maína Costales).