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RODRIGO FRANZAO


Born in São Paulo, Brazil, 1982.
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.

Having attained an undergraduate degree in Art, Language Arts and MBA in Art History and Visual Culture, he has been pursuing a career as professional artist working with painting, sculpture, video and installation. As from 2013, the year he began to forge his artistic career, Franzão has been showing regularly in group and solo exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.

Among the artist's solo exhibitions that he attended with his work, are particularly noteworthy, in 2014, "Involuntary Exclusion" at The Superior Court Museum in Brasilia, Brazil; in 2015, "Katharsis" at The National Arts Club in New York, EUA and in 2016, "Surface and Abstractions" at Odivelas Exhibition Center in Lisbon, Portugal.

Among the group exhibitions that he attended with his work, deserve special mention, in 2015, "Between The Lines: Exploring Drawings" at National Arts Club in New York, USA and in 2015, "Fibremen 5 - The International Biennial on Textile Art" at Scythia in Kherson, Ukraine.




Artist's Statement


My works are inspired by geometric abstraction and constructivist art. The spatial organization and the emotive relationship of the colors of the geometric elements found in these types of art, lead me to reflect on the social, cultural and philosophical expression of the contemporary human being and the effects of it's interventions on the world. The artwork is intended to reveal the transparency that exists through the use of everyday materials. Through multiple languages, it intertwines mixed media to show the minutiae and structure that fragment into dispersion, space and sound. After graduating from Psychpedagogy and Art Therapy, I began to find inspiration in almost everything around the human universe and to assimilate the way humans interact with their own repertoire. It combines two-dimensional and three-dimensional effects, creating a dependency relationship between them. In addition to geometric abstraction, bright colors are used in their artwork to harmonize the contrast between shape and colors.





Artist's Statement


The spatial organization and the emotive relationship of colors in the pictorial elements found in Geometric Abstraction and Constructivist Art, lead me to reflect on the urban, the values of contemporary society and the interventions of the human being in the world. I express myself for the purpose of revealing the existing transparency of everyday materials, which feed my interest in social behavior and the relationship between objects and actions that reinforce human needs. I develop multiple languages through graphic plots, using mixed techniques to highlight the details and mechanisms that fragment into dispersions, intervals, and noise. I want to combine two-dimensional and three-dimensional effects, creating a dependency relationship between them. In addition to the geometric abstraction and vibrant colors used in my work, I seek to harmonize the contrast between shape and colors in the timeless plane.


Education


2019 MBA in Art History and Visual Culture. UCAM, São Paulo, Brazil.
2009 Psychpedagogy and Art Therapy. FPA, São Paulo, Brazil.
2015 Arts. CEUCLAR, Brasília, Brazil.
2004 Language Arts. UNIMARCO, São Paulo, Brazil.



Solo Exhibitions


2017 Personal Structures. Casa dos Contos Museum, Ouro Preto, Brazil.
2016 Surfaces and Abstractions. Antônio Lino Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015 katharsis. National Arts Club, New York, USA.
Involuntary Exclusion. Superior Tribunal de Justiça Museum, Brasília, Brazil.
Weaving Shapes. Anexxo Gallery. Goiás, Brazil.
2014 Involuntary Exclusion. Anexxo Gallery, Goiás, Brazil.



Collective Exhibitions


2019 Berlin Art Week: Latinoamerican Art, South Embassy Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Creative Pride, National Arts Club, NY, USA.
Little Islands Fest, Amorgos, Greece.
South Embassy Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Concept: the 5th Int. Exhibition on Conceptual Art. CICA Museum, Gimpo-si, Korea.
2017 Love Inspires. Inn Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil.
Outside the Lines: The 4º Drawing Invitational. National Arts Club, NY, USA.
2016 Between The Lines: Exploring Drawings. National Arts Club, NY, USA.
2015 The International Biennial on Textile Art - Fibremen 5. Scythia, Kherson, Ukraine.
2014 Involuntary Exclusion. Anexxo Gallery, Goiás, Brazil.



Public Collection


Exhibition Center Odivelas Museum, Lisbon, Portugal.
Superior Tribunal de Justiça Museum, Brasília, Brazil.
Private collectors.



Interviews


Kuszynski, Piotr. Interview: Rodrigo Franzão, FAKfulness Magazine no.1, May 2019, p. 60-61. Print. (Netherlands)
Grahm, Anne. Interview: Rodrigo Franzão, Art Reveal Magazine no.47, May 2019, p. 44-50. ISBN 9780368954870. Print. (England)
Eichert-Schäfer, Claudia . "Interview mit dem brasilianischen Künstler Rodrigo Franzão." Textile Art Magazine, April 2019. Web. (Berlin)
Paiva, Maristella. "Museu Casa dos Contos recebe a exposição Estruturas Pessoais." Tv Top Cultura, March 2017. Video. (BRAZIL)
Bennellick, Mary. "Abstract Textiles" Be Creative with Workbox, Jul./Aug. 2015, p. 82-85. Print. (ENGLAND)
Rotelli, Pietro. "Rodrigo Franzão." The Art Zine, June 2015, p. 1. Web. (ITALY)
Aragão, Judith Luzardo de. "Rodrigo Franzão: Subtração Involuntária." Vem Comigo TV, May 2015. Video. (BRAZIL)
Giusti, André. "Museu do Superior Tribunal de Justiça: entrevista." Museu do Superior Tribunal de Justiça, May 2015. Audio. (BRAZIL)
Pitcher, Sam. "Rodrigo Franzão: Abstract forms." Textile Artist, Dec. 2014, p. 1. Web. (LONDON)


Publications / Press


"Supertition Review: Rodrigo Franzão." Arizona State University, Issue 23, May. 2019, p. 1. Web. (USA)
"Museu Casa dos Contos recebe a exposição Estruturas Pessoais." Tv Top Cultura, March 2017. Video. (BRAZIL)
"Espaço Cultural: Catálogo 2015." Secretária de Documentação, Memória e Cultura, Dec. 2016, p. 20. Print. (BRAZIL)
"Supertition Review: Rodrigo Franzão." Arizona State University, Issue 16, Dec. 2015, p. 1. Web. (USA)
"Rodrigo Franzão representa o Brasil com duas obras em Bienal de arte têxtil na Ucrânia, que começa dia 22 de outubro." Obras de Arte, Oct. 2015, p. 1. Web. (BRAZIL)
"Rodrigo Franzão – O Brasil na Bienal de arte têxtil na Ucrânia." Artistas e Artes, Oct. 2015, p. 1. Web. (BRAZIL)
"KATARZA I RAVNOTEŽA." DRUGI PAR GAĆA, Oct. 2015, p. 1. Web. (CROATIA)
"Do espaço do STJ para Nova York". JusBrasil, Oct. 2015, p. 1. Web. (BRAZIL)
"The National Arts Club presents Rodrigo Franzão - Katharsis." Guest of a guest, Sep. 2015, p. 1. Web. (USA)
"Artista de Goiás é o 1º brasileiro a expor em famosa galeria dos EUA. Telas de Rodrigo Franzão vão ficar em local que já teve obras de Picasso." G1 - Globo TV, Sep. 2015, p.1. Web. (BRAZIL)
"Rodrigo Franzão é o primeiro brasileiro a expor na Marquis Galeria em 117 anos: O espaço recebe dez obras do artista paulistano." Revista Brasileiros, Sep. 2015, p. 1. Web. (BRAZIL)
"Rodrigo Franzão é o primeiro artista plástico brasileiro, em 117 anos, a expor na Marquis Gallery do National Arts Club, em Nova York." Obras de Arte, Sep. 2015, p. 1. Web. (BRAZIL)
"Terraço Paulistano: SP-Abadiânia-NY" Veja São Paulo, Aug. 2015, p. 27. Print. (BRAZIL)
"The limit is imagination: Rodrigo Franzão on his abstract art." Arts Culture, July 2015, p. 1. Web. (ENGLAND)
"Rodrigo Franzão - Abadiânia, Goiás, Brazil." 365 days-365 artists, May 2015, p. 1. Web. (USA)
"Rodrigo Franzão: Subtração Involuntária." Vem Comigo TV, May 2015. Video. (BRAZIL)
Fernandes, Maria T. "Arte em Abadiânia." Revista Roteiro Brasília, Oct./Nov. 2014, p. 16. Print. (BRAZIL)