Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1948.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
One could safely argue that Luiz Alphonsus’ prolific output unfolds and fluctuates around some of the most significant movents and events of the Brazilian 1960’s avant-garde: Cinema Novo, exhibits Opinião 65, Opinião 66, Nova Objetividade, and the whole Tropicália effervescence. Luiz Alphonsus also had participation in a institutional project that helped giving shape to 1970’s Brazilian conceptual art: in 1969 he founded (along with Frederico Moraes, Cildo Meireles and Guilherme Vaz) the Experimental Unit at Rio de Janeiro’s Modern Art Museum.
Luiz Alphonsus have participated in exhibtions at some of Brazil’s more important institutions, such as: Rio de Janeiros’ Modern Art Museum, São Paulo’s Modern Art Museum, Tomie Ohtake Institute (São Paulo), Rio de Janeiro’s Imperial Palace and Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio de Janeiro). He has also took part in some of the most seminal exhibitions for brazilian 1970’s experimental art: Do Corpo à Terra (From Body to Earth, 1970), curated by Frederico Moraes in Belo Horizonte, and ExpoProjeção (1973), curated by Aracy Amaral in São Paulo, Brazil’s first videoart-only group exihibition.
Conceptual, but mixed-breed, polyphonic and Brazilian. Project-driven, but always hybrid and built on workarounds. This remixed crossroads of a caboclo poetic within the post-tropical ether is the site of the insinuated, allegorical, metaphorical space that the artist proposes.