Bio

As my name suggests ( Contente in Portuguese means happy, contented) I can’t deny to use humor in my work. Using a mini self portrait (a mini face, which can be infinitely reproduced by stamp, stencil ) as a starting point for drawings and texts, simultaneously delicate and bizarre lines take form in multiple and absurd bodies, like strange characters that structure equally absurd fictions where text and image are mingled. The drawings as stories proliferate and gradually saturate the walls like an organism continuously growing. I use my drawings to reveal my critical regard on institutionalized values and moral and artistic standards, as if they, indeed, were in fact quite crazy.

 

CARLOS CONTENTE

Rio de Janeiro, 1977

Lives and Works in Rio de Janeiro

contentecontente77@yahoo.com

 

CV: click HERE to download

 

Studied Painting at Fine Arts School of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) 1999 to 2005.

 

 

SOLO SHOWS

 

2013 ” Contente, sigo com fé e na humildade, linhas & hematomas contam as minhas histórias/ CONTENTED, I KEEP GOING, HUMBLE AND FAITHFULL; LINES AND BRUISES TELL MY STORIES” – Galeria Emma Thomas, São Paulo.

 

2012  “O Mundo/THE WORLD” – Galerie Bendana I Pinel, Paris.

 

2012  “Traços & Tarsilões” – Galeria A Gentil Carioca LÁ, Rio de Janeiro

 

2011  “Infinite jungle of individual repetition” – Galeria Christinger de Mayo, Zurique, Suíça.

 

2009   “Compradores de Mundo/WORLD BUYERS” – Galeria A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro.

 

2007   “Contente:auto-retratos também/ CONTENTE:SELF PORTRAITS TOO” – Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro.

 

2006   “Contente tende a infinito/CONTENTE TENDS TO INFINITY “ – Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo.

2006   “Contente tende a infinito/CONTENTE TENDS TO INFINITY “ – Galeria A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro.

 

GROUP SHOWS

2016 School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, 200 years anniversary. Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro.

 

2014 “Compulsão Narrativa/NARRATIVE COMPULSION”_ SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo.

 

2014 “Coop Riot”, 8Salon, Hamburgo, Alemanha.

 

2013 “Convite `a viagem/INVITATION TO TRAVEL” – Rumos Itaú Cultural – Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro

 

2012 “A volta ao dia em oitenta mundos/ AROUND THE DAY IN 80 WORLDS” – Rumos Itaú Cultural – Centro Cultural Otto Marques, Goiânia

 

2012  “Convite à viagem/INVITATION TO TRAVEL” – Rumos, Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo.

 

2011   “Brazilian Papers” – Bendana-Pinel Galerie, Paris, França.

 

2010   “Converging Trajectories”. Modified Arts, Phoenix, EUA.

 

2010   “Like tears in rain“. Fábrica de Novos Talentos, Palácio das Artes, Porto, Portugal

 

2010    “Fugue Urbaine”. Quartiér Ephemére, Montreal, Canadá.

 

2009   SIART BIENNIAL, La Paz, Bolívia.

 

2008   “El Papel del Artista/ THE ARTIST’S ROLE” – Doméstico IV, Madri, Espanha.

 

2008  “I/legítimo_ I/LLEGITIMATE ” – Paço das Artes, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil.

 

2008 “Nova Arte Nova/ NEW-NEW ART”. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo, Brasil.

 

2008 “Zoation Painting, la pintura de Broma/ THE MOCKING PAINTING” – Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolívia.

 

2008 “Contemporary Art and Heritage”. Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

 

2007  ” Bangkok International Art Festival“. Bangkok, Tailândia.

2007 “THE IMAGE OF THE SOUND OF SAMBA” Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro,Brasil.

2007  ” Gilberto Chateaubriand’s new acquirements”. MAM, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

 

2006  Arte Pará, Belém do Pará, Brasil.

2006   “O que é normal?/ WHAT’S NORMAL?”. Centro Cultural Contemporâneo, Brasília, Brasil

2006 “Arquivo Gera/GENERAL ARCHIVE”. Centro Cultural Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

2006 “Portuñol / PORTUSPANISH” Centro de Estudios Brasileiros, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2006 “Além dos limites/BEYOND THE LIMITS“. Funarte, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

 

2005  SIART Biennial, La Paz, Bolívia.

2005 “Conexão Contemporânea/ CONTEMPORARY CONNECTIONS”. Funarte, Rio de Janeiro.

 

2005    “Contente tende a infinito” in 20 anos de Paço Imperial / CONTENTE TENDS TO INFINITY” IN 20 YEARS OF IMPERIAL PALACE – Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro.

 

2004   “AttacK+” Street art festival. Rio de Janeiro , Brasil.

 

AWARDS AND SPONSORSHIPS

2010 Indicated for PIPA Prize (IP Capital Partners), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

2010   Residence in the Etching studio at Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

 

2009 Residence for the Americas. Quartier Ephémère. Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canadá.

 

2005  Entel Prize at SIART Biennial. La Paz, Bolívia.

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio

Gilberto Chateaubriand/MAM-RJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Museu Artur Bispo do Rosário, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Madeira Corporate Services, Lisbon, Portugal.

Célia Birbragher , Colombia.

 

ART FAIRS

SP ARTE, São Paulo. 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

ART RIO, Rio de Janeiro. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Frieze, New York. 2015

Miami Art Basel. 2013, 2014, 2015

Drawing Now.  Carroussel Du Louvre, Paris. 2013

Pinta. London. 2012

Armory Show, New York. 2012

Ch.ARCO . Santiago, Chile. 2012

Zona Maco, Mexico City, 2010, 2011.

Frieze, London. 2010 e 2011.

ARCO Madrid. (Solo project: 2008 / 2009).