JARBAS LOPES (Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1964) lives and works in Maricá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and graduated in Sculpture by the Escola de Belas Artes da Universidade Federal of Rio de Janeiro.
His multifaceted body of work employs several mediums in sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, performance and public art projects. The performative aspects of his work emphasizes the idea of the journey through collaborative projects or interactive works. Everyday and ephemeral materials are frequently used and reconfigured by hand, as a form of resistance to mass production processes. The resulting objects often combine a sculptural character and a sensory appeal with functionality of use, calling upon the spectator participation and operative action, towards the dissolution between art and life, object and spectator, thus questioning the limits of authorship.
Jarbas Lopes exhibits since the 1990’s. Among others, the following solo exhibitions are highlighted: Ciclovíarea, at Museo Nacional de Belas Artes, Santiago, Chile (2010); Com Piada, at Galeria Baginski, Lisbon (2009); Estação Cicloviaérea, Centro Cultural de São Paulo, Brazil (2007); Cicloviaérea, Museum of Art, Phoenix, USA (2007). Between others, the following collective shows are highlighted Look.look.again, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA, Dezenhos: A-Z, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon (2009); Gwangju’s Biennial , South Korea (2008); XXVII Bienal de São Paulo (2006); Octava Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba (2003); Panorama da Arte Brasileira, MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2002), e MAM, São Paulo, Brazil (2001).
The work of Jarbas Lopes is represented on several international collections such as the MOMA, New York, USA; Bronx Museum, New York, USA; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Henry Moore Foundation, London, UK; Arizona State University Museum, USA; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, USA; Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Chateaubriand Collection – MAM, Rio de Janeiro, and Fundación ARCO, Madrid, Spain, among others.