Waltercio Caldas is widely considered to be one of the most important Brazilian artists working today and was recently named one of the most underrated artists of 2005 by Art News and Olga Viso, Director, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Inspired by geometric abstraction that was popular in the 1940s and 50s in South America, he had his first major museum exhibition in 1975 at the Museu de Arte, São Paulo. In this show he will expand upon a body of work that was first previewed at the gallery in 2001 and, again, in 2003.
Caldas prefers to work with diverse types of materials – each situation determining the media. He may use color affixed directly to the wall, metal or common yarn. These materials allow him to sculpt the surrounding negative space, at times letting the elements, such as a breeze, change its form organically. It is said that he creates a maximum presence from the least amount of material.
In 2004 Caldas received the, City of Light Award, the highest honor at the Gwangju Biennial in South Korea curated by a prestigious panel including Russell Ferguson of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Kerry Brougher of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. His current projects include an outdoor, public commission to be included in this year’s Mercosur Biennial (Brazil) and designing the sets for Rio de Janeiro’s Theatro Municipal’s production of Verklarte Nacht and Erwartun, a ballet and opera respectively, both by Shoenberg. Recently, the artist participated in Beyond Geometry at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and MoMA at El Museo - Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art both in 2004. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; Museum of Art, São Paulo; and Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva, among many others. He represented Brazil in the 47th Venice Biennale and Documenta IX.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Staaliche Museen, Kassel, the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX and the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo.