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Galeria Nara Roesler
Selfie, 2019
Acrylic and oil on canvas
39.4 x 35.4 x 1 in.


Cristina Canale's portraits typically display uncircumscribed figures, uprooting the traditional settings of a defined subject and a subsidiary background. As can be seen in the painting Selfie, the artist's iconography is featureless and somewhat non-hierarchical, and yet, the few recognizable elements that emerge in her compositions, between fields of color, anchor the work into our reality, which she defines as an attempt at 'a minimum dose of context to the maximum contextualization possible.

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.