Photo: Samuel Esteves



Bruno Novelli (1980, Brazil). Lives and works in Sao Paulo.

Brazilian artist Bruno Novelli’s most recent body of work features a range of media, including paintings on canvas, drawings on paper, digital works, and metagraphic maps. Inspired by photographic documentation from long walks during his travels in his native Brazil, particularly the Amazon and the rainforest near the coasts of São Paulo and Santa Catarina, Novelli translated the natural images he saw and experienced into the digitized, geometric forms seen in the colorful paintings and drawings in this recent series. Through these various works, Novelli uses the forest to articulate a chain of organic relationships, similar to those that also exist in an urban environment.

The layers in the paintings and digital images speak to the layers of time that connect the present with past memories, suggesting both the idea of continuity and the uniqueness of each moment. Throughout each work, the artist’s process operates as a recitation of visual poetry, while celebrating the materiality of painting. A series of metagraphic maps also illustrate Novelli’s artistic process as an exploration of a visual verbal language, functioning as diagrams through the artist’s mind during the act of creation. These design-based diagrams address the artist’s interdisciplinary exploration of these themes of identity and interconnected relationships. Several new digital works are based on animated gifs, bringing together different images from photo registers from the artist’s explorations of the rainforest and abstract and geometric shapes.

Novelli is graduated in Graphic Design at ESPM in Sao Paulo and studied sculpture at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Drawing at the Atelier Livre da Prefeitura de Porto Alegre in Brazil. Novelli is a founder of the Universidade Autoindicada por Entidades Livres, which was created to articulate interdisciplinary artistic research. He is also co-founder of Metagrafismo (Metagraphism), an experimental collective exploring the graphic potential of metalinguistics. Novelli’s work has been exhibited in his native Brazil, as well as internationally in England, Denmark, Spain, Japan and the United States. Most recently he has participated in exhibitions at Fundacion OSDE (Buenos Aires), Centro Nacional de Las Artes (CENART - Mexico) and at the Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) in São Paulo.


Ruth Bruno, Denver, CO. 2014.






Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Materia Radiante. David B. Smith Gallery. Denver, Colorado, USA. August 14 - September 13, 2014.

Fonte Radiante. Espaço Cultural ESPM/Sul - Porto Alegre, Brazil. May 31 - July 19, 2014.

LUX TENEBRIS. Galeria Logo, São Paulo, Brazil. May, 2012.

Galeria Thomas Cohn, São Paulo, Brazil. September, 2010.

SUMA. Rojo®artspace Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 2008.

SIGMA. Rojo®artspace Milan, Italy. October 2008.

META. Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, California, USA. August, 2008.

Tormenta. Rojo®artspace Barcelona, Spain. August, 2007.

Mysterium Tremendun. Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose – CA, USA. April, 2007.

Avant ZN. Galeria Adesivo – Porto Alegre, Brazil. April, 2006.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

MITOVÍDEOS. MIS - Museu da Imagem e do Som. Sao Paulo, Brazil. July 11, 2014.

Cosmovideografias Latinoamaricanas. CENART - Centro Nacional de Las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico. June 20 - july 20, 2013.

BARRO DEL PARAISO. Fundacion OSDE, Buenos Aires, Argentina. November 17, 2011 - January 14, 2012.

NOVA. MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som). São Paulo, Brazil. June 2010.

LAVA at The Rag Factory. The Rag Factory/Lava Collective, London, UK. April, 2010.

Group Exhibition Part 2. David B. Smith Gallery. Denver, Colorado, USA. February, 2009.

Floating World Animation Festival. Portland, USA. August, 2008.

Contra o Verso. Galeria Bergamin, São Paulo, Brazil. September, 2008.

TRANSFER. Museu Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brazil. June, 2008.

Session 3 Concoct. Performance (Live painting). Planet Patrol – Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, Japan. March 2008.

Persistência. Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Rio Grande do Sul. Porto Alegre, Brazil. 2006.

MAC no A6 – Consolidação. Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 2006.

Mostra de video CineEsquemaNovo 2006. Festival de Cinema de Porto Alegre. 2006.

Desconstruindo Gigantes. Instituto Goethe, Porto Alegre, Brazil. June, 2005.

Brasil em cartaz/Le Brésil À L’affiche” Lês Silos. Chaumont, France. 2005.

Performance – Ciclo de Fogo Ishata – Devata. Multiplex 2005, Instituto Goethe, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 2005.

CosmoBuda, Coletivo Upgrade do Macaco. Galeria Adesivo, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 2004.



Graduation in Graphic Design. ESPM, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. 2014.

Sculpture - Continuing Education. School of Visual Arts, NY, USA. October - December, 2001.


Prêmio de Artes Plásticas - Goethe Institut. Porto Alegre, RS. 2005.

Spotlight, Bolsa Iberê Camargo. Porto Alegre, RS. 2004.


Selected Collections:

Fundación Artnexus, Miami.

Carlos Nascimento, private collection, São Paulo.

José Olympio Pereira, private collection, São Paulo.

Marcelo Secaf, private collection, São Paulo.

Roberto Lukac, private collection, Lima.