My main remark is on how suppressed a situation between two men can be. It doesn't have to end up in homosexuality. It is more about the confusion of men who cannot be frank to one another on an emotional level. Machismo is just the epitome of this nonsense. – Fernando Marques Penteado

The practice of Fernando Marques Penteado (aka f.marquespenteado) is supported by a very well defined method that involves long processes and specific techniques that are tenaciously operated. The artist has a work trajectory specially marked by embroidery, which ends up linking clothing accessories, books and found objects. And for an aesthetic choice, it combines autobiographical and historical matter in the link of inventive literary creations.

Starting with in-depth research on the contribution of the textile universe to visual culture and the diffusion of knowledge, the artist elaborates narratives permeated by his own personal vocabulary, whose profoundness is articulated by playful undertones that constantly negotiate the meaning of things. In representations sewn by Fernando Marques Penteado, we are faced with common human relations and historical and semantic displacements. It is within these that topics such as sexuality, homoeroticism, gender and violence are considered from a perspective that articulates, in a very particular way, social critiques from domestic environments.

Fernando Marques Penteado (b. 1955, São Paulo, Brazil) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Selected solo exhibitions include at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2024) (upcoming); Lehmann & Silva, Porto (2024); Caixa de Correio, Porto (2021); Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2020); Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles (2017); Galeria Múrias Centeno, Lisbon (2016); Museu do Objeto Brasileiro, São Paulo (2014).

His work was most recently included in group shows at BOZAR, Brussels (2024) (upcoming); CC Strombeek (2023); Museu de Arte Brasileira FAAP, São Paulo (2023); Farol Santander, São Paulo (2023); KIOSK, Ghent (2022); Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon (2021); Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (2019); Guimarães, Vienna (2018); El Gran Vidrio, Córdoba (2018); JAN KAPS, Cologne (2017); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2017); CIAJG, Guimarães (2016); Jewish Museum, New York (2015); 30th Bienal de São Paulo (2012).

Selected Artworks
  • Fernando Marques Penteado

    at Mendes Wood DM Brussels Aug 3, 2023

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