Nina Pandolfo, one of Brazil’s most exciting emerging contemporary artists, presents Life’s Flavor, her debut US solo exhibition, at Carmichael Gallery this Saturday, March 20. Artwork on display will include mixed media sculpture, works on canvas featuring metal, crystal and light and a piece constructed entirely from Swarovski crystals, complemented by several large, site-specific installations. This is the first exhibition at Carmichael Gallery’s new location on Washington Blvd, Culver City. The exhibition will run through April 18 2010.
Check out some photos of Nina prepping for the show in the gallery and read more about her below.
Born in Tupã, São Paulo in 1977, Nina’s artwork depicts an expansive, colorful landscape populated with sassy wide-eyed girls, their playthings, and their animal friends. These captivating characters and the activities in which they engage are visual embodiments of adult introspection, childhood dreams and fears, and simple, unabashed escapism, themes Nina frequently confronts and explores in her work. From both her canvas and sculptural works emerge a vision of another, more spectacular, world, albeit one with a distinctly Brazilian sensibility.
Nina’s perspective is enhanced by opulently employed symbolism, allowing for multiple readings of each piece. Whilst she is not directed inspired by the contemporary Asian school, certain stylistic features of her work and the technical expertise with which she executes them position her alongside the best practitioners of the Kaikai Kiki school.
Nina is also recognized as Brazil’s leading female exponent of graffiti and street art. She first began to paint on the streets at age twelve and since then has become one of a select group of artists who have eased the transition of this art form into galleries and museums. Nina’s local and international success serves as an inspiration to the generations of young female painters and graffiti artists who follow in her footsteps. She continues to live and work in São Paulo.
Nina’s previous exhibitions and projects include:
Re-Creation II, Carmichael Gallery at Ogilvy & Mather – New York NY, USA
The Wynwood Walls, Deitch Projects x Goldman Properties – Miami FL, USA
Graffiti Gone Global, SushiSamba – Miami FL, USA
Queenz Arrive, McCaig-Welles Gallery – Brooklyn NY, USA
Between Us, Gallery Maskara – Mumbai, India
Aos Nossos Olhos, Galeria Leme – São Paulo, Brazil
Wholetrain Project – Nordeste Tour: Recife, Natal and João Pessoa, Brazil
Beyond Street Art – Düsseldorf, Germany
The Graffiti Project – Glasgow, Scotland
New Voices in Urban, Street and Outsider Art, Carmichael Gallery – Los Angeles CA, USA
NEXT: A Primer on Urban Painting, Carmichael Gallery – Los Angeles CA, USA
Wholetrain – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9th Havana Biennale – Havana, Cuba
OutSide – Wuppertal, Germany
Ruas, Itaú Cultural – São Paulo, Brazil
Sub-Glob, Örebro Museum – Örebro, Sweden
Art Meeting – Tokyo, Japan
Art Meeting – Athens, Greece
Kusthpark – Munich, Germany