ABOUT THE ARTIST
Carpaneda was one of the first Brazilian visual artists to divulge and exhibit systematically homoerotic works in Brazil. But since the 80s, his work hasn't been limited to this one approach only. Beggars, prostitutes, drug users, punks and outcasts of all kinds are the object of his attention and look. He portrayed them in clay sculptures and denuded them in what they possessed as sacred and profane. This plunge into street culture now gives voice to a new stage, in which his concern with the mutability of the body and the dualisms that define life - physical and spiritual, rational and instinctive, chaste or sexual - emerge. Formally, he has used an intransigent matrix of materials, exploring the potentially artistic use of the DNA, be it his own hair or that of his models, and blending it with wood, fabric, cement, stencil and canvases while preparing his sculptures and paintings. Carpaneda explores these paradoxes in conceptual and experimental works translated, most of them, into figurative form.
Memories, sentences, and spiritual and popular beliefs of his characters from the past now take part in the work of the artist. Carpaneda's new sculptures, paintings and drawings deal many times with the distant relation we have with our inner nature, accentuating the conflict between 'natural' and 'cultural', which have control over the contemporary psyche. Early in the year 2000, Carpaneda started a series of clay sculptures portraying scenes of explicit sex, pop stars and rent boys as a form of re-reading the aspirations of Greek and Roman statuary. Eleven years later, based on this concept the artist created a set of sculptures in an orgy entitled "Bolsonaro's Sex Party", which has become one of his most famous political works.
Fernando Carpaneda has exhibited in many important group and solo exhibitions internationally including Art Takes Miami/SCOPE - During Art Basel/Miami (2012), Bridge Art Fair/During Art Basel/Miami - represented by The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Miami (2008), “Back to the Bowery ” group show with Andy Warhol Superstars - CB’s 313 Gallery - CBGB - Noho, New York (2005), The Tom of Finland Foundation, “Erotic Art Fair”, New York (2005), Mocada Museum - Brooklyn, New York (2001), "We are a Museum" - The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art - Soho, New York, (2011), The Erotic Heritage Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada (2008), The Cherry Grove Walk - MT - Guided by Peter Downes, Deputy Director of Brooklyn Museum and curated by The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Fire Island, New York (2008), “Todos Somos Um” - Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation, FAAP and ESMPU, Brasília, DF, Brazil (2008), MF Gallery Genova "VOGLIO IL TUO TESCHIO", Italy (2009), Bienal Artshow - São João da Boa Vista, São Paulo, Brazil (2000).