Fernanda Gomes was born in 1960, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she still lives and works. Her installations and sculptures are the condensed result of an intense investigation and confrontation with materiality, form, space and light, which can be derived from Brazilian traditions of Constructivism and Neo-Concrete. Her artistic process leads to the appropriation of rudimentary, recycled materials from nature and the urban environment, such as small stuck papers, cotton threads, glass, pieces of wood or burned matches, which she transforms in a subtle way, to create unusual, suggestive connections.

By introducing small changes in space and carefully placing the processed materials in the room, she explores and reflects upon the intrinsic poetic value of objects, in her characteristic raw and minimal aesthetic. She often includes the use of white paint, as a means of raising the expressive potential of each object and creating a free environment for new ideas and values. In her works, materials have a self-referring dimension, which casts doubts at the most basic level, often questioning their bare presence.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Centre international de l’art et du paysage, Vassivière, France, 2013
Museu da Cidade, Lisboa, Portugal, 2012
MAM Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2011
Matadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 2008
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal, 2006

Selected Group Exhibtions
XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador, 2016
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy, 2016
MAC Gas Natural Fenosa Museum, Coruña, Spain, 2015
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2014
Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon, France, 2013
13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013
30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012
S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium, 2009
Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, 2009
50th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2003

Selected Public Collections
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
La Colección Jumex, Mexico, Mexico
Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Pérez Art Museum, Miami, US
Tate Modern, London, UK
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

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