The Department of Visual Arts at Frostburg State University announces the opening of “Boundaries,” an exhibition featuring works by Brazilian surrealist Juarez Venâncio de Melo. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 28 through Feb. 20 in FSU’s Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
de Melo has been influenced by artists such as Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper, René Magritte, Dali, Manet and others. Two tendencies define his style: the treatment of painting as if it were sculpture and denser painting with expressive brush strokes. In some of his work there is a mingling of these tendencies. The play of light and shade creates a small and consistent depth that leads to ambiguity regarding the nature of his work, which seems to launch itself into space, breaking the two-dimensional surface. de Melo’s most frequent concern is the inversion of inner and outer visions, or opposing positions, concerning all aspects – form, nature and contrast – frequently producing a dialogue between pictures using the same language. The multifaceted nature of the human being is also reflected in de Melo’s visual repertoire – all these facets are charged with a stunning emotional intensity – and a playful relationship crystallizes between the human figure and space. The symbology may be hidden in the image or explicit.
A native of Uberlândia, de Melo obtained a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a specialization in painting from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 1991. In 1990 he held his first exhibition at the Cultural Centre at the university, and since then, he has held individual exhibitions while also taking part in collective ones, and has won several prizes in Brazilian and Spanish galleries.
de Melo’s work extends over several regions of Brazil, such as monuments in Batatais (Sao Paulo), Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) and Anápolis (Goias). In addition, his canvasses form part of the collection of official bodies, such as the Palácio das Artes, the Palácio do Bispo, the High Court in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), the Ribeirão Preto Museum of Art (Sao Paulo), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caraguatatuba (Sao Paulo), Anatel Brasília (Federal District), the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia (Federal District) and the Federal Senate, Brasília (Federal District).
The Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery has free admission and is open to the public Sunday through Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Department of Visual Arts at 301-687-4797.
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