ArPa 2023

ArPa 2023

Pacaembú Stadium , São Paulo – SP

May 31st – June 4th

Renata Padovan. São Paulo.

Graduated in Social Communication at FAAP, she won the Virtuose scholarship in 2001 for a master’s degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. She participated in several international programs as resident artist, among them Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; Nagasawa Art Park, Japan, Braziers international artists workshop in England and NES in Skagaströnd, Iceland. Among her solo exhibitions: Galeria Baró, Galeria Thomas Cohn, Centro Cultural São Paulo, Galeria Millan, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro at Espaço Cultural dos Correios, Paço Imperial and Museu do Açude. His work has been shown in group exhibitions and festivals, internationally and in Brazil.

In the last two decades, the work of Brazilian artist Renata Padovan narrates the consequences of anthropogenic transformations on the landscape. Navigating between landart and art engaged with socio-environmental issues, her work has a strong denunciatory character. Captivated by what is ephemeral and transient, the artist creates memories about life’s state of impermanence, documenting the impacts of natural resource exploitation and the construction of mega-infrastructures, the foundations of neoliberal capitalism.

The piece “Para Saber Onde Está Pisando” (To Know Were You Stand) stems from a drawing, a graphic representation that seeks, on a macro scale, to bring a new sensitivity to the destruction of the Amazon. After being transferred onto canvas, the drawing was hand embroidered in wool, by artisans from the state of Pernambuco.
The exuberance of the landscapes created by Renata Padovan contaminates our senses. At first glance, we are awakened by a feeling of contemplation and pleasure. When we take a closer look at the composition, we enter a dark area. The artist offers spectators a lyrical view of a ruined, transmuted and decaying world, a ghostly landscape created by a failed attempt to dominate nature.

Sophia Loeb, 1997. São Paulo
BA in Visual Arts from Goldsmiths University of London.

She is currently undertaking her MA in painting at the Royal College of Art, London.
Painter and Sculptor Sophia creates primordial sceneries that attempt to question and dissolve ones antropocentric mindset of how humans situate themselves disunited and superior to nature.
In recent years she has participated in exhibitions in museums and galleries such as: Spread Museum, Entrevaux, France; Galeria Cássia Bomeny, Rio de Janeiro and was resident at Kaaysa Arte Residência, Brazil.