Argentino Mauro Martins Manoel

Residency: June through July 2019

Arjan Martins is the 2018 PIPA Awardee. Martins began to develop his pictorial technique as a student at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage with a keen interest in the African diaspora and Afro-Atlantic migrations subject matter during Colonial Brazil. His paintings and drawings incorporate signs and codes excluded from history and retell the history of colonization and slavery from the viewpoint of the oppressed. In these works, the artist portrays immigrants and African descendants engaged in daily activities from the moment they landed on the new continent to present-time. As described by Luis Camillo Osorio- Chief Curator at MAM Rio, “in a very explicit way, Arjan’s paintings highlight the colonization and slavery oppression aches – which are still so present in our daily social conflicts – but they do this with a violent exuberance of form, that doesn’t let themselves to domesticate in illustration”.

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