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Beatriz Milhazes

Brazilian  •  b. 1960

Biography

Beatriz Milhazes is best known for her vibrantly colored yet calculated compositions. The artist has cited Baroque architecture, lace work, Carnival decoration and the flora of the Jardim Botanico in Rio de Janiero chief among her inspirations. Milhazes' artistic practice is akin to monotype or collage in that the artist first paints motifs directly onto transparent plastic sheets and later applies them to the canvas, leaving the plastic to dry. The superimposed image allows for overlapping and layering, resulting in a textured canvas and a distorted central focal point. While seemingly chaotic, Milhazes' compositions are perfectly balanced due to the artist's technically sophisticated use of geometric forms and chromatic color palate.

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  • Her work is included in many important collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophia, Madrid.

  • Beatriz Milhazes represented Brazil at the 2003 Biennale di Venezia, had a 2009 show at the Fondation Cartier in Paris and was publicly commissioned to create a massive installation in a London underground station.

"I do not want the texture of the brushstrokes or the 'hand' of the painter to be visible on my canvases."

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