Mario Ishikawa

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Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 1944.

Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil


Painter, multimedia artist and teacher. During the 1970s, amid Brazil's military government’s heavy political propaganda on mass media outlets, in its optimistic celebration of social harmony, integration, pride and national grandeur, Mario Ishikawa created a series of graphic works by appropriating slogans, images and symbols of the regime, through decomposition/recomposition operations, and then recombining them into different configurations. Through this process, the artist critically made them, their uses and intents open to deviant interpretations and to other signification possibilities. 


Still as a student, he participates in the 1st Biennial of Plastic Arts in Salvador and the 15th Paulista Modern Art Hall in 1966. In 1968, he graduated in Drawing from the Faculty of Plastic Arts of the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (Faap) in São Paulo. At the Pinacoteca do Estado, he participates in the shows: Common Place exhibition, 1977, Xerografia, 1980 and Arte Xerox Brasil, 1984, among others. He was also recently selected to participate in important international retrospective exhibitions such as Xerography: CopyArt in Brazil, 1970-1990, held at the University of San Diego, USA.

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