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Sergio Camargo

Brazilian  •  1930-1990

Biography

Sergio Camargo was a Brazilian artist known for his sculptures, wall-based reliefs and architectural commissions. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he studied in Buenos Aires and Paris before returning to Brazil in 1950 at which point he became familiar with the Constructivist movement. During the 1960s and 1970s his work became dominated by wooden, terracotta, marble and stone forms, cylindrical or cuboid in shape, jutting out in relief with geometric precision from monochrome white surfaces. The interjecting lines created across the white surfaces by shadow and light evoke the interplay of alternating modes of rationality and chaos, fullness and emptiness. The three-dimensional constructions are meticulous in their use of color and form, simultaneously minimalist in order and expansive in their study of volume and light.

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  • Camargo won a gold medal at the 1965 São Paulo Biennale, and was exhibited at the 1966 Venice Biennale and the 1968 Documenta in Kassel.

"The artist works to grasp a truth he knows intuitively. This cognitive process produces the works."

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