Since his initial works, the artist has dedicated himself to investigating the possibilities of representation on two-dimensional surfaces, highlighting the process of representing three-dimensional objects, where perspective is artificially forced until revealing the flat character of the support.

Working at the intersection of two and three dimensions, Valdirlei Dias Nunes produces paintings on sculpture and sculptures on painting, with a polished and precise workmanship, the unexpected impossibility of meeting movements such as minimalism, here showed in the process of serialization and election of primary geometric forms, and in surrealism, in this case that of a more metaphysical aspect, only the enigmatic character of the works increases.

His work went through a long process of formal purification, eliminating everything that was unnecessary. Recently, the artist evoked elements that appeared in his initial works, comparing them with the current ones, grilles, boxes, beams, ginders, gold, black, trompe l'oeil, and using the astute game of representation, offers works which rescue the silence, contemplation and enchantment of painting today.

Valdirlei Dias Nunes (1969, Bom Sucesso, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil)

Selected individual exhibitions: Pinturas e Relevos Recentes, Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Sem Título (Novos Relevos), Lurixs Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); Relevos, Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2008). 

Selected group exhibitions: I-D, exposição comemorativa de 45 anos da Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2019); Pequenos Formatos e Múltiplos, LURIX Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2018); Os Muitos e o Um: Arte Contemporânea Brasileira, curated by Robert Storr, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); Uma Coleção Particular: Arte Contemporânea no Acervo da Pinacoteca, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil and Paisagem Opaca, curated by Felipe Chaimovich, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Casa Triângulo no Pivô, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil (2014). 

Awards: Prêmio Estímulo Pintura Jovem, Fundação ArteBa, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Public collections: Museu de arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brazil, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil and Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, Fortaleza, Brazil.

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