Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil, 1936.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Painter, designer, engraver and teacher, Gerhard has developed since the 1960s a multimedia research that ranged from large installations to collages and films. Gerhard came to art through the british pop-art road. His collages acted as a sort of newspaper / mosaic of everyday events where everything was superimposed-the social, the texts, the publicity, the detritus of the urban reality of that era. Such a procedure has subsequently expanded to his 8mm films and installations..
Victor Décio Gerhard began his studies in the drawing and painting classes organized by Ivan Serpa and Domenico Lazzarini, as well Frederico Morais and Mário Barata art history study groups at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. In 1963, he studied with Maria de Lourdes Novaes in the Free Atelier of Fine Arts. He traveled to Europe in 1965 with the Air France Painting Prize. In 1966, he taught at the Ateliê Center for Contemporary Art (formerly the Free Atelier of Visual Arts).
Works by the artist are part of important institutional collections, such as: MSU Broad Art Museum (Michigan, USA), Modern Art Museum (São Paulo, Brazil), Contemporary Art museum (USP, São Paulo, Brazil) and Paraná’s Contemporary Art Museum (Curitiba, Brazil).