Christopher Grimes Gallery will present a solo show of work by Brazilian artist Miguel Rio Branco entitled Homenagem a Goeldi, or Homage to Goeldi, from September 9 – October 16, 2004. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday September 9 from 6 to 8 PM. The gallery is located at 916 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.
Born in the Canary Islands, Rio Branco’s career in photography spans more than 30 years. In 1972 he joined Magnum as a correspondent and received wide acclaim for projects such as The Kids of Rio and Out of Nowhere, a documentary about the famed Santa Rosa Boxing Academy named for the devotionally extravagant patron saint of Central and South America.
The artist is renown for his use of color and the richness and complexity of his subject matter. In the words of David Levi Strauss, Rio Branco’s colors seep out of their borders like bodily fluids, staining and contaminating everything around them. Bodies, bindings, wounds, and walls are wet with color. Even his mirrors bleed. Rio Branco’s is an art of contamination, contagion, and corrosion, but also of resistance and transcendence. In his upcoming exhibition at the galley his photographs reflect a notorious sensuality and exuberance in their light, drama, and pathos.
Rio Branco studied at the New York Institute of Photography and the Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial in Rio de Janeiro. In the early 1970’s he worked as a photographer and directed experimental films in New York while exhibiting his photographs. There is a solid relationship between the artist’s films and still photography as he tightly edits the images into sequences and scenes – the drama unfolding cinematically.
The artist has received photography awards including the Great Prize of the First Triennale of Photography of the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil and the Kodak de la Critique Photographique Award, Paris. His photographs and films are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, among others.
He has exhibited at the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo; 5th Biennal de Artes de la Habana, Havana, Cuba; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kwangju Biennale, Kwang-ju, Korea; Tate Gallery, London; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; El Museo del Bario, New York; The Art Institute of Boston; and Fundacion La Caixa, Barcelona.