I think light is what binds my works together as if I am constantly balancing light and shadow.  – Lucas Arruda

Lucas Arruda's work obstinately concentrates on a well-defined theme within the canon of art history in order to examine complex contemporary mental states. His research develops fundamentally around landscape, thinking and experimenting with our capacity of living through the mediation of light and the gaze.

Through a powerful and cohesive series of oil paintings, as well as slide projections and light installations, his landscapes exist in the point of tension between abstraction and figuration, between apparition and emptiness. With each gaze, experiences are demarcated in a process of construction and reconstruction of memory, as if the formulation of fields of color touched on the immaterial body of temporal landscapes and experienced sensations.

As we move above and below horizon lines, the artist puts us before atmospheres that are charged with visual as well as metaphysical questions. Between sky and earth, the ethereal and solid, the imagination and the reality, a meditative contemplation finds its routine while following an endless, and not always clear, a cycle of sublimation and deposition of matter.

Lucas Arruda (1983, São Paulo) lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.

He has had solo exhibitions at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Madrid (2023); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2022); Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre (2021); Pond Society, Shanghai (2020); Fridericianum, Kassel (2019); Cahiers d’Art, Paris (2018); Indipendenza, Rome (2016); Lulu, México DF (2015); Pivô, São Paulo (2015).

Additionally, Arruda’s work has been included in institutional group shows at Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2023); Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris (2023); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2020, 2022); MASP, São Paulo (2022); Pinault Collection | Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing (2022); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2021); Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2020); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2019); Punta della Dogana, Venice (2019); Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2018); Couvent des Jacobins and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes (2018); Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, Coimbra (2017); Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2016); 1ª Bienal Internacional de Asunción, Asunción (2015); La Réserve Paris, Paris (2013); Museo del Barrio, New York (2013); Pinacoteca de São Paulo (2012).

Selected Artworks

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