João Oliveira is a visual artist with a BA in Visual Arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia (2011), and a Master’s in Creative Process in Visual Arts from the same university (2017). He is trained in lithography and metal engraving through the Workshops at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (MAM-BA). He works on the encounter of metal engraving with other supports, appropriating personal experience in order to create works with a forged autobiographical nature, obtained through small rituals of self-fiction.
Aug 2019–Aug 2019
“Little amusements: i’m going to love you, hold you, squeeze you, until you’re in tiny pieces is the result of the impression of plastic animals bodies, torn apart by the same method that I used as a child (and experimental medical coroner). After being misplaced and shredded, these animals undergo a heating process, developed by me, to turn them into two-dimensional matrices that I print with the same procedures traditionally used in engraving, resulting in a kind of graphic stain; a unique mark of violence that links the author to his act.”
Image Credit: Detail of Coma meu coração sem pena, enquanto é tempo, João Oliveira, 2012