Artist Personal Information
1. Artist Identification:
Date of Birth:
City of Birth:
Policarpo Ribeiro
27 de dezembro de 1966
Mogi das Cruzes
2. Artist Contacts:
City of Residence:
Country of Residence:
Address (street,
number, floor):
Zip Code:
Phone Number:
Alternative Phone
São José dos Campos – São Paulo
Rua Caravelas 800 apto 210
12238 170
[email protected]
(+ 55 )12 8177 8979
(+ 55 )11 4746 4414
3. Artist Biography:
Bio (English):
The Journey of the Spirit
“Successful is the artist that elicits a response but, more importantly, a good
artist evinces the purpose behind the art.” MarChrist © 1999
Policaro Ribeiro, born 1966 in Mogi das Cruzes, is an artist whose work is
fueled by his spirit and the process of self-examination.
When dealing with art we inevitably ask the question, “What is the purpose
of art?” We have tried to answer this question throughout our history and still
there does not seem to be a satisfactory answer. As historians present to us
definitions of art and its purpose based on the art that has past, living artists
present us with new angles on the question. Perhaps this is the purpose of
art. Art is a phenomenon that though unique in each presentation it is
redefined and remade through its enduring existence; as is each human life.
Policarpo’s paintings remind us that, like each life, the complexity of the
individual case persistently positions it outside of general classification.
Within this purposive artwork is contained a wholeness comprised of both
the questioning and attempts to answer; mirrored to the art viewer through
each singular artistic work. Each work is a glimpse of the artist’s journey
through self examination. It touches us in that nebulous place within our own
consciousness and reawakens in us the genesis of all questioning; the
recognition that we can be genuinely touched by the expression of another’s
spirit - across cultures and outside of any limits of time and space.
The art of Policarpo Ribeiro are works of his spirit’s journey – as lived,
examined and lived again. Each work shares with us a memory of his
examination, giving us the sense of his life. He takes us down the pathway
of his journey – through self-examination and discovery. Self-taught, his
work is based on experimentation and research into his creative capabilities.
His career began in the mid-80s and his artistic oeuvre is influenced by
diverse schools, techniques and styles. In the beginning mainly Picasso,
Braque and Klee with his visual vocabulary later venturing into concepts of
the abstract expressionist schools. His work has made use of brilliant lights
about deep darks; clean, plain and geometric, though sometimes colourful
and metallic. In his investigation of his methods he has used diverse
materials and surfaces. Although the line of his work may seem of a chaotic
appearance, it is autobiographical; A body of work that is the history of his
life as reinvented by its spirit. Currently he has streamlined his visual
language to increase continuity in the tone of the workmanship. He now
regularly uses white to cover a greater part of the surface and there is a
return to cubist influences.
He summarizes the pathways, feelings and associated research in the
continuing search for improvement of his technique with “The technique is
my spirit”.
Tonietta A. Walters, 2006
Policarpo Ribeiro was born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, in 1966.
In the mid-80s, knows Daniel Mello, Gilberto Mattos, Lucius
Bittencourt, Nerival Rodrigues, Paulo Acêncio, Pedro Neves and
Rubens Cavalcanti forming a group that seeks to exchange artistic
experiences and opportunities for integration into the system of art.
Earlier in his career, Policarpo is strongly impacted by Cubist works
of Picasso and Braque and the shapes and colors of the sensitive
work of Paul Klee. But, with time, his art approaches of
expressionism, both figuratively and abstract nature. Polycarp then
performs often work with different materials on different media, with
dark backgrounds which arise luminous shapes, sometimes organic,
sometimes geometric.
The present painting of Policarpo resumes Cubist perspective that
guided his first steps in the field of artistic creation. Prefers clear the
funds over which outcrop capricious forms, intertwined lines, sinuous
curves, sometimes referring to stringed musical instruments
sometimes seen from the front, either side, or details of these
devices. These are plastic compositions musical wherein black,
brown and red dialogue in a low field pictorial complex but at
equilibrium. As the Cubist history, Policarpo disregards these studies
notions of perspective and modeling, before seeking the strength
and volume of objects in a two-dimensional surface, without worrying
Selected Exhibitions
(Name, location,
about the three-dimensional illusion on a flat screen. Various
aspects of the object are recreated simultaneously transformed into
plans and integrated into the display assembly. Meanwhile,
Policarpo, an artist polymorph, has been performing in black and
white, a remarkable series of imaginary portraits, Expressionist, with
deep psychological and accents that fall that produces the best so
 Secretaria Municipal de Cultura de Itaquaquecetuba
– 1990
 Galeria de Arte Caribé em São Paulo – 1995
 Daniel Atelier em Mogi das Cruzes – 1995
 Espaço Cultural São Paulo em Santos – 1996
 Mapa Cultural Paulista - Secretaria Estadual de
Cultura de SP – 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004
 Espaço Cultural Paulista em Santos – 1997
 V Salão de Alphaville em São Paulo – 2001
 Universidade Uniban em São Paulo – 2001
 Espaço Cultural Banco do Brasil em São Paulo –
 Espaço Cultural da Universidade Braz Cubas em
Mogi das Cruzes – 2002
 Espaço Cultural da Universidade de Mogi das
Cruzes – 2002
 I Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Mogi das
Cruzes – 2002
 Escritório de Arte Vera Simões em São Paulo –
 Casa de Portugal em São Paulo – 2002
 Galeria Cassiano Ricardo / Museu Brasileiro de
Escultura em São Paulo –2003
 Galeria Mali Villas Boas em São Paulo – 2003
 Câmara Municipal de Suzano – 2003
 Câmara Estadual de São Paulo – 2003
 Matiz Art Galeria em Suzano – 2004
 World Trade Center em São Paulo – 2004
 Fórum Mundial da Cultura em São Paulo – 2004
 Casa de Cultura de Arujá – 2004
 Banco BNP Paribas Brasil & Luiz Caribé Galeria
de Arte – 2006 (Livro 10 Artistas do Brasil)
 Leilão de Arte do Clube Transatlântico em São
Paulo – 2009
 Galeria de Arte Pedrazzoli em São Paulo – 2010
Marchristvision em Miami, EUA – 1994
Masters Mystery Art Show em Miami, EUA – 1996
Hobby Galeria no Porto, Portugal – 1998
Casa do Brasil em Madri, Espanha – 2000
International Art Contest em Sidney, Austrália –
Mural “Batismo de Cristo” na First United Methodist
Church Flórida, EUA – 2004
Galérie Arte Viva em Paris, França – 2006
Laureado pela Société Académique d’Education
et d’Encouragement em Paris, França - 2006
Grahan Art Center, Florida International University
em Miami, EUA – 2006
Câmara do Comércio de Lauderhill em Miami, EUA
– 2006, 2007, 2009 e 2010
Academic Activities
Professor of Art at the Cultural Center of Suzano - since
Professor of Arts in Art Atelier Solution - since 1998
Professor of Arts in Cultural College Suzano - since 2002
Articulator Public Art in the Department of Culture of
Suzano - since 2011
College Goal Suzano / SP - 1998
Orsa Foundation for Street Children in Suzano / SP 1998
Atelier Artistic Solution in Suzano / SP - 1998 to 2004
Department of Culture Arujá / SP - 1999
University of Mogi das Cruzes / SP - 1999
College Suzano / SP - 2002 to 2004
School of Art and Visual Communication CVAE in Mogi
das Cruzes / SP - 2000
College of St. Francis of Francis Beltran / PR - 2003
Workshop FIU in Miami / USA - 2007 - 2009
President of the Association of Plastic Artists of Suzano 2002 to 2004

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