SP-Arte 2019

Maxwell Alexandre

Brazil, 1990


Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1990, Maxwell Alexandre graduated in Design from PUC-RJ (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) in 2016. The artist’s urban poetics consists of the construction of narratives and scenes structured from his daily experiences in the city and in Rocinha, where he lives and works. On different supports like canvases of Capri pools, doors and iron frames, anonymous personages emerge in situations recurrent at the favela. They are large-format paintings in which the black bodies are presented in an empowered way, but also in moments of confrontation with the police, portraying a radically contemporary community routine. In 2018, he participated in the group exhibitions "Recortes da Arte Brasileira" at Berlin Art Fair, "Crônicas urgentes" at Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel (São Paulo), and "Abre alas 14", at A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro). Also in 2018, he hold his first solo exhibition "The Baptism of Maxwell Alexandre" (A Gentil Carioca) and participated in the group exhibition "Histórias Afro-Atlânticas" at MASP (Museum of Art of São Paulo).

Source: A Gentil Carioca




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