Olivier Mourão – Painting with Paper

29th of January – 15th of February

„Freedom is possible, we achieve it from the inside and live and let live.“ ~ Olivier Mourão

Olivier Mourão, a British artist from Brazil, born September of 1946, began painting at the age of eight. He was an a child of artistic prodigiousness and when he finally left Brazil in his early twenties, he did so in a blaze of publicity: he climbed to the top of the city hotel and claimed, ‘I wish I were Nero so I could set fire to this court I love so much.’

And thus, in 1969, at the age of 23, Olivier travelled to Europe: first to Rome, where he originally tried his hand at sculptures in marble. He then worked in lithography in Paris. Finally, he studied the History of Art in London.

Four years later he travelled to New York where he created jewellery and tapestry using natural elements of Brazilian fauna and flora. He also had an exhibition entitled ‘From portraits to the Monumental Painting.’ He then returned to London where he has remained, spending his summers in Ibiza.

OLIVIER’s WORK Through the Eyes of Fabio Christ (German world award winning Creative)

Olivier Mourão, simplistic maximalist, passionate host and collector of art and pharaonic artefacts, has been a professional artist since the early 1960s. His paintings, designs and sculptures have been highlighted in more than 700 publications, books and 74 exhibitions around the world.

Mourão’s life as an artist reads like something from an Oscar-winning movie script: From his early years as Brazil’s most famous child portrait painter, to the style-defining years when he met Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon, his great idol. He was also a good friend of Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala, whose influence is of great value for his work till today.

Inspired by beautiful people, beautiful things, and the island of Ibiza,
Olivier creates intense moments of pure hedonism. His works are created with closed eyes in a distinctive process. First, he draws an image straight from the tube of paint on canvas, and then he paints it on cardboard or handmade paper. Spontaneity and simplicity play a key role.

His visual language tells stories about escapism, infantile excitement and immeasurable admiration, in which an uncompromising attitude towards ancient and contemporary art can be found. His exhibitions can also be seen as a kind of savoir vivre, happenings of openness, tolerance and warm curiosity from international viewers and collectors.

Photos from Olivier’s private view

29th of January

All the pictures from the event were taken by Edward Lloyd/Alpha Press.

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