CRISTINA CANALE | Coisas do Passado

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Galeria Nara Roesler
Coisas do Passado, 2019
Acrylic and oil on canvas
Signed on reverse
55.1 x 65 x 1 in.


The painting Coisas do passado (Things of the past) is part of a body of work, which Cristina Canale painted following a process of observation in parks, zoos and in botanical gardens. Her compositions are characterized by figurative elements always on the verge of an impending dissolution into abstraction. With a unique use of color, Coisas do passado embodies Cristina Canale's iconic representation of landscapes, which seem to portray a fluid, almost liquid-like world, where space and density is defined by colour.

Cristina Canale rose to prominence following her participation in the iconic group exhibition Como vai você, Geração 80?, at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (EAV Parque Lage) in Rio de Janeiro in 1984. Like many of her colleagues from the so-called "Generation 80", her early works reveal the influence of the international context as painting resurfaced, especially impacted by German Neo-expressionism. Loaded with visual elements and thick layers of paint, her early paintings have material and textural characteristics that are reinforced by her use of contrasting and vivid colors. Cristina Canale’s work is often based on prosaic everyday scenes, sometimes extracted from advertising photography. Her paintings result in elaborate compositions that blur the boundaries between figurative and abstract.

Her works are included in important institutional collections, such as: Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC USP), São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Sparkasse Oder-Spree, Frankfurt an der Oder/BB, Germany.