Mano Penalva's artwork makes use of commodified materials of the everyday that are local but that also happen to be global, due to intensified transnational flux of products and industrialized production across the world.
July - September 2018
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Salvador, Mano Penalva studied at the Escola de Artes Visuais, Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, and holds a degree in Social Communication from PUC-RJ. His work involves appropriations of material culture, especially products and materials that he collects during his travels across global cities and finds in popular street markets. In Garden for David Hammons, a work that took place in Mexico City, Mano had plastic flowers put up for sale over green sailcloth on the sidewalks of the city: both an exquisite composition and a public art gesture. Mano has had solo exhibitions in Mexico City, at the Soma Gallery, the Central Gallery, and Art Museum of Ribeirão Preto, all in Brazil. His work has appeared in institutional exhibitions across the world, such as in Brussels, Barcelona, Venice, Paris, and New York.