São Paulo, Brazil, 1957 - 2013.
Multimedia artist Hudinilson Urbano Jr was one of the pioneers of Xerox art in Brazil. In 1975 he enrolled in the Fine Arts course at the Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP-SP) where he studied until 1977. He then began experimenting with multiple artistic expressions such as drawing, painting, mail-art, graffiti, Xerox art, performance and urban interventions. The male human body is a recurrent theme in his oeuvre. In 1979 he founded the group 3nós3 with artists Rafael França (1957 – 1991) and Mário Ramiro (1957). Together, they carried out urban interventions in São Paulo’s urban landscape until 1982.
From 1982 onwards, he initiated the series “Exercício de Me Ver (Exercise for Seeing Myself)”, which consists in the xerographic reproduction of parts of his own body. The result has been exhibited at Galeria Chaves (Porto Alegre), and at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC/ USP) in 1983. He started to produce graffiti and stencil works from the mid 1980s onwards. At this time, he developed a close working relationship to artist Alex Vallauri (1949 – 1987). In 1984 he participated in the 1st Bienal de Havana and later curated and participated in the exhibition entitled “Arte Xerox Brasil” at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. He exhibited at the 18th Bienal Internacional de São Paulo in 1985, and in 2001 participated in the 3rd Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul (Porto Alegre).
In 2002 he took part in the group show “Rendam-se Terráqueos” with other graffiti artists, presenting the installation “Narciso Revisita Seus Espelhos 2”, mounted in a bathroom at Casa das Rosas in São Paulo. In 2012, the Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP) held the exhibition “Work and Document - Arte/Ação and 3Nós3”. Still in 2012, Hudinilson Jr. participates in the exhibition Collagens (with Nino Cais), and the collective Poética Relacional, both at Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo.
In 2017 the work of Hudinilson Jr was presented at important collective exhibitions such as Stories of Sexuality, MASP - São Paulo, Copyart in Brazil - 1970-1990, University of San Diego and The Matter of Photography in Americas, Stanford University.
His work is also part of important public collections such as: MoMA (New York, EUA), Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid, Spain), Migros Museum (Zurich, Switzerland), MAGA Museod’Arte (Gallarate, Italy), MALBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina), MASP (São Paulo, Brazil), Pinacoteca do Estado (São Paulo, Brazil) and the Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo University (São Paulo, Brazil).