'Light monument sq. feet', Manuel Caeiro

Artist: Manuel Caeiro
Dates: February 4th to March 24th, 2017

The materialization of the painting takes place in Manuel Caeiro’s new exhibition “LIGHT MONUMENT // Sq. FEET”.
Caeiro’s three-dimensional shapes embedded in two-dimensional planes arise from applying the two-dimensional construction rules of sculptural representation through the use of iron and wood which catapult the represented elements, creating thus a new perspective where “painting” becomes “object”.
This set of works proposes a new reflection not only on luminous values themselves, but on the reconstruction of new forms created in the surrounding space in which a deliberate although immaterial extension of the form is created.
The reality proposed by the artist is both abstract and changing, and lead us into a world of deceit where both sculptural and pictorial perspectives lose their referents, making us peer into the limits of the reality.
Manuel Caeiro’s work is based on constructivism, related design, architecture and painting. The creation of new perspectives and tridimensionality are the main themes of this Portuguese artist that combines the repetition of forms with overlapping geometric contours while exploring the limits between “figurative” and “abstract”, and while playing with the idea of “trompe l’oeil” in order to create a new world.

Manuel Caeiro was born in Évora, Portugal, in 1975. Of special note among his solo exhibitions are those held in the Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary Art Gallery, Birmingam, EEUU (Mikado, 2016); ; in Ponce + Robles, Madrid, (Briefing Room 2014); in the Hunchentoot Gallery, Berlín, Alemania (Achieving Shadows, 2014); at the Palácio Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal, in the Lurixs Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (DownTown, 2009), in the Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal (12 000 m2 dentro de um T0, 2011, Welcome to my Loft, 2007) and at the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History, Lisbon, Portugal (Casas da Caparica, 2005).

About his last group exhibitions it should be mentioned his participation in ARCO´16 y ARCO´15 (Madrid, Spain VOLTA 10, 11 y 12 (Switzerland), y ARTLIMA´15 y 16 (Lime, Peru) all of them with the Art Gallery Ponce+Robles. We may also mention those held at the MACUF – Contemporary Art Museum, La Corunna, Spain, curated by Paulo Reis (Fiat Lux – Iluminación y Creación, 2010), at the Barrié de la Maza Foundation, La Corunna, Spain (La Colección, 2011), at the Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, curated by Luiz Camillo Osorio and Marta Mestre (Terceira metade, 2011), at the Manuel de Brito Art Centre (À Volta do Papel, 2008) and at the Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea Gallery (Surrounding Matta-Clark, 2006). He is represented at the collections of the Culturgest, Lisbon, the PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon, and the Banco Sabadell, Barcelona, among others.