Visione Artistica : the planes of reality of Hélio Oiticica

Father of Tropicalism, Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) is increasingly recognized as one of the most innovative Brazilian artists of the late twentieth century. With his paintings, sculptures and interactive works, he filled the gaps between the European modernist tradition, the Brazilian vanguard and international contemporary scene. He worked in a period of prosperity and optimism in Brazil,where cultural activities such as the São Paulo Biennial and numerous architectural projects reached international prominence.

He became involved with the Frente, a group of radical artists influenced by modernist and abstract art, with color and geometry with appreciation for artists like Mondrian and Paul Klee. In 1959, he joined with Amilcar de Castro, Franz Weissmann and Lygia Clark to found the movement Neoconcreto which only lasted two years. At that time, he came down to bidimensionality and was creating installations of wood painted in strong colors with the series “Nucleos” (1960) and “Penetráveis” (1960-1979).

In the series “Bólides” (1963-1964) where he works with smallboxes is that the three-dimensionality gets a less abstract direction in his work. In “Parangolés” (1964-1965), he uses the samba culture as inspiration for a series with intent to cause the desire to dance, to move, in the viewer.


Through his work, Hélio Oiticica was against the military regime of the time, defending freedom of expression. He managed to create works using complex geometry with an intrinsic emotional appeal,this act is very difficult. He died aged 43, suffered a stroke, but his work lives on and thrilling it viewers.

Hope you have enjoyed this artistic vision!!

by: Piambrosotti


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