Bruno Novelli (a.k.a. Bruno 9li). 1980, Brasil. Lives in São Paulo.
Of Italian and brazilian descent, Bruno Novelli has a deep interest in amazonian rituals, history of painting and experimentations with animated gifs. A tendency to create strange connections seems to be in the base of his creative process. In his works the spectator is confronted by metaphysical reflections and exquisite narratives that form an amalgam of fiction and reality, beauty and grotesque, mundane and ethereal.
In the series of paintings and sculptures Lux Tenebris, for example, matter is revealed in various dimensions, generating polarities and dynamics. Even though static, the pictorial production evokes movements and sounds that are partly oriented by the artist’s previous work in video emulated by painting. The narrative of his last series of works suggests a contemporary myth of creation, where past and future are dissolved in one single dimension.
The series of metagraphic canvases approach painting as a vibratory flow and emanation. The idea of portals, formed by the figuration of laminated-marble blocks, are simultaneously like keys and enigmas concerning minerals and the formation of matter. In the sculpture he materializes the idea of a stingray like a living radar, a sensitive glider and a being of our world, but which seems to have come from another dimension into translucid resin blocks positioned in the space of the gallery as vitrals of a parallel architecture.
Idealizer of the Universidade Autoindicada por Entidades Livres, created to articulate interdisciplinary artistic researches, Bruno is also co-founder of metagrafismo, another experimental group research that approaches the strength of graphics associated to metalanguage.
Mythological, spiritual, pantheistic: the first adjectives to define the metaphysical world of Bruno 9li, one of the most interesting artist within Brazilian artistic panorama. 9li (pseudonym/abbreviation of Bruno Novelli, 1980) synthetizes his artistic production into several dichotomies and contradictions of the Brazilian world: metropolitan, ephemeral and technological.
In his works, animals seem to spring out of the diaries and bestiaries of the first European explorations of the "New World", epic heroes strongly impose themselves to spectator's attention, through an immersion in a supernatural and ancestral world. A return to the origins, a lost Golden Era permeated by symbology, where you can clearly notice references to pop culture, comix and science fiction films.
With his frantic and saturated line, Bruno 9li draws a chaotically arranged world, ruled by a mysterious alchemy that controls, between past and future, death and resurrection, fantastic metamorphosis and genetic mutations of beasts and paladins into demigods and androids.
Despite of being young, Bruno 9li has been recognized worldwide for his solo exhibitions in Europe, North America and the Far East.
8th semester graduation in Visual Design. ESPM, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Drawing. Atelier Livre da Prefeitura de Porto Alegre. Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. 2004.
Sculpture - Continuing Education. School of Visual Arts, NY, USA. October - December, 2001.
Prêmio de Artes Plásticas do Goethe Institut. Porto Alegre, RS. 2005.
Spotlight, Bolsa Iberê Camargo. Porto Alegre, RS. 2004.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
LUX TENEBRIS. Galeria Logo, São Paulo, Brazil. May, 2012.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Cosmovideografias Latinoamaricanas. CENART - Centro Nacional de Las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico. June 20 - july 20, 2013.