Paulo Paes

PAULO PAES born in Belém, Pará, Brazil, in 1960, Paulo moved to Rio de Janeiro 1978, where he joined Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, first as a student and subsequently as a teacher, until 1992. Since 2006 he has been doing experimental installations involving marine sculptures at Instituto de Estudos do Mar da Marinha Almirante Paulo Moreira (IEAPM) in Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro, and in the mangroves of Recife, Pernambuco. He has taken part in several exhibitions, including solo shows “Continentes Flutuantes” (2016), at Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Fortaleza, Brasil; “Djanir” (2015), at A Gentil Carioca gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; “Pneumática” [Pneumatic] at Maus Hábitos in Porto, Portugal (2013); at Palácio Gustavo Capanema/Funarte, Rio de Janeiro (2012) with the support of the Ministry of Culture’s contemporary art award; and “Pôr do Sol” [Sunset] at Sesc, Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro (2005); joint exhibitions “Tudo é Brasil” [It’s All Brazil] Paço Imperial and Itaú Cultural, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo; and “Onde está você geração 80?” [Where are you, 80s generation?] at CCBB, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília (2004); a solo show at the 21st century room at Museu Nacional de Belas-Artes, Rio de Janeiro (2002 and 2001); and a solo show (2001) and Atelier Finep (1998), both at Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro. In 1999, he was selected to take part in the 6th Salon of Bahia, Salvador, and 1991 he participated in the 21st São Paulo International Biennial.

The artist is currently investigating the routines (operations and manoeuvers) involving devices in the marine biome designed to attract and retain life. These routines produce material culture: (marine) paintings, underwater photographs, samples of mature colonies, drawings, videos, vessels, texts, the devices and their component parts, tools, etc. The artist lives in Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro, where he undertakes his experiments in partnership with IEAPM in the research area of Farol island in Arraial do Cabo. Parallel to this, he is also investigating inflatable sculptures made of tissue paper originally from hot-air balloons.