Luiz Zerbini

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

Luis Zerbini is known as one of the most renowned Brazilian artists in the contemporary art scenery. Early in his career he was drawn to painting positioning him as a figure of Generation 80, a group of artists promoting the return of the medium. He studied fine arts at Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation in Brasilia where he graduated in 1982. Ever since, he has broadened his artistic practice to installation, video, monotypes, and more. His compositions are enormous three dimensional paintings with geometric forms mixing together the organic realm and the inorganic one. Two worlds cohabit creating landscapes where garbage and plants form a whole evincing that nature as we used to know it, is no longer. Colour is vital, his paintings are full of it calling to mind tropical places and his hometown, São Paulo.

The spectator is greeted by a massive tree surrounded by objects like plastic bottles, rocks, fish nets, cleaning sponges, and other items. This ecosystem portrays nature as it is in the Anthropocene, a so called new geological era in which man’s actions have triggered a climate crisis.

Exposition à la Fondation Cartier: Nous les arbres.