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Pedro Varela
  • 39, Male
  • Niterói
  • Brazil
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Universidade Federal from HELL DE JANEIRO
Program / Degree
Fine arts
March 20, 2005
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Event, Installation, Painting, Sculpture, Video
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About my artwork
The cities Pedro Varela draws are far more connected to literature than to any reference in the visual arts. As if waiting for a text by Borges to accompany them, they reserve large blank spaces on the paper. They could also be mirages seen from afar by a character of A Thousand and One Nights, cities with female names like those by Italo Calvino, or castles from a tale we keep from the infancy of our experience in literature.
To these fictional allusions, Varela merges buildings we know from real places: I ?ve seen that one in Chicago, that dome belongs to the city ?s cathedral, that’s the Ontario Tower! Amidst mountains, Varela ?s cities have a Rio de Janeiro accent: where but in Rio
can one see a little castle besides a monumental rock that seems to support the sky- scraper? And then the drawings pour out of ballpoint pens and, alive like a real city, do not respect the paper limits, invading walls and danger zones such as windows. The glass, by the way, is a recurrent support for Varela ?s experiences: looking through windows where his pen has been, we can see a castle hovering in the sky or exotic plants sprouting from the top of a concrete building. Varela also builds his magical and fluid worlds with adhesive vinyl sheets on paper, glass, wall, floor, or whatever he comes across and is willing to adhere to his whimsical urbanization.
Another support that corroborates the dreamy
aspect of Pedro Varela ?s style is fabric stretched on round wooden frames, which remind one of bubbles ready to disappear taking away the fantastic landscapes. Since 2008, Varela ?s cities also appear in three- dimensions, built with white paper and glue, hanging from the ceiling by strings or resting on very thin pillars.
A virtuoso in drawing and in the capacity to bewilder, Pedro Varela graduated in printmaking at the School of Fine Arts of UFRJ in 2005 and has already had shows in galleries in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico and Chile. In 2010 he will take part of the group show “Gigante pela Própria Natureza” at IVAN (Valencia, Spain) and will have a solo show at Paço das Artes, in São Paulo.

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Artists I like
Carolina Ponte, Carlos Contente, Brigida Baltar, Leonardo Ayres, Rodrigo Torres, Glaycia Mayer, Begue, Pedro Meyer, Thiago Pitta, Sandra Cinto, Klaus Reis, Joao Penoni, Carlos Garaicoa, Nino Cais, Marcelo Amorin, Ingres (drawing), Hokusai, Marcel Dzama, Los Super Elegantes, Isa Genzken, Ernesto Caivano, Hyeronimus Bosch, Oscar Niemeyer, Cao Fei, Francis Alÿs, Guignard, Cai Guo Qiang, Frank Lloyd Wright, Matisse, Nobuyoshi Araki, Vik Muniz, Martin Kippenberger, Neo Rauch, Takashi Murakami, Archigram, Franz Ackermann, Lu Hao, Cildo Meireles, Pedro Reyes, Helio Oiticica, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Daniel Guzman, Chris Johanson, Randall Sellers and others!
Drawing, installation, painting and arte latino.
Centre of the artworld:
New York, London, LA, Berlin, Beijing, my studio, online, nowhere and everywhere, another city

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At 14:22 on March 15, 2011, Rossello Damiano said…
At 5:55 on March 3, 2011, Victor Martinez Diaz said…
Hi, cool work! greetings from MExico!
At 13:54 on February 8, 2011, judas arrieta said…

gracias pedro!

tu trabajo tb es increible!!


keep in touch!

At 5:35 on January 20, 2011, Carla Pivonski said…
Thanks for the add. Brilliant work!
At 3:28 on October 8, 2010, Nuno Nunes-Ferreira said…
seu trabalho também não está nada mal... :)
At 21:15 on October 7, 2010, 48073 said…
i love the emptiness of your landscapes.
At 17:54 on October 7, 2010, Quirarte & Ornelas said…
Hola! ya andamos por aqui también. Abrazo!
At 17:56 on October 5, 2010, Robert Johansson said…
Thank you! I like your stuff too!
Greetings from Oslo
At 11:44 on August 10, 2010, ni da costa said…
oi Pedro!!! seja bem vindo, beijo
At 21:32 on August 9, 2010, Sioux Jordan said…
I found your work, whether in full colour or white, to be inspiring. i found your methods of presentation to be mesmerising, transcending them to a reality beyond the norm. Excellent work. Sioux

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New website + Wallpaper* magazine


This month I have some illustrations at the edition Born in Brazil / Nascida no Brasil of the Wallpaper* magazine.
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Posted on May 31, 2010 at 1:12



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