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David Cury

Born in 1963 in Teresina, Brazil
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Besides material and conceptual painting of large formats, I have worked out installations and site specific pieces of marked ambivalence, articulating some art inherent issues with others directly related to life today. Since “For the social inclusion of Crime” (The National Foundation for the Arts, Rio de Janeiro, 2003), in “There are positions as gravediggers for landless workers” (Carreau du Temple, Paris, 2005), “Whereabouts” (Leopoldina Train Station, Rio de Janeiro, 2006), “Here is the red carpet which extended the Eldorado to the Karajá” (Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, 2009), “Antônio the Counselor did not follow the advice” (The 29th São Paulo International Art Biennale, São Paulo, 2010), “Corumbiara is not Columbine” (The Europalia Biennale/Bozar Museum, Brussels, 2011), as well as in “It is sex what men lie with, as dwarves begging to ascend” (Somerset House, London, 2012), and also in “Shallow is the grave of the living”
(Museum of Contemporary Art, Fortaleza, 2013), my works keep a considerable margin of experimentation from the original propositions. This means that, during the process of accomplishment or (re)setting, their materiality, structure and public scale can be adjustable.

Solo exhibitions
2009 –  Antônio the Counselor did not follow the advice – Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007  – Fire is shadow –  Oeste Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
2004 – Sleepless days – Anita Schwartz Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2001  – Chance plays it to the vest  – Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2000 – Impurities have no control – São Paulo Cultural Center, São Paulo, Brazil
1994 – Mental eyes  – The Tamarind Institute/The Café Gallery, Albuquerque, USA

Group exhibitions
2013 – Routes, detours and other cycles – Museum of Contemporary Art, Fortaleza, Brazil
2012 – From the margin to the edge –  Somerset House, London, UK
2011 –The Europalia – Biennale Bozar Museum, Brussels, Belgium
2010 – The 29th São Paulo International Art Biennale Fundação Bienal de SP, São Paulo, Brazil
2008 –  Morro da Conceição –  Conceição Hill, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2006-07 –  10+1: the recent years’ – Brazilian contemporary art The Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo, Brazil
2005 –  Brazilian contemporary art nowadays – The Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1997 –  Art contemporaine du Brèsil – Sürsock Musée, Beirut, Lebanon
1994 –  The Brazilian northeast contemporary art – Liberty St. Gallery, New York, USA
1993 – Sechs aus –  Rio Maerz Gallery, Linz, Austria

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