photo: Samuel Esteves
Bruno Novelli (a.k.a. Bruno 9li). 1980, Brasil. Lives in São Paulo.
Bruno Novelli's paintings and videos expand a constellation of saturated and enigmatic images. His most recent production evokes infinite sensations in an universe of excess and frenzy. Of Italian and brazilian descent, Bruno has a deep interest in amazonian rituals, 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 collective that approaches the strength of graphics associated to metalanguage.
8th semester graduation in Graphic 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.