debut solo exhibition of Dante Horoiwa (Sao Paulo, Brazil. b. 1988)
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Under the skin of his everyday life in Brazil lies Horoiwa’s Japanese heritage. His paintings portray the spiritually lost and lonely. Through his work, from life-size paintings in São Paulo to the side of a 4 story building in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Horoiwa is able to cope with his want to hide from the world and his need to be a part of it.
“What I´m trying to express is some kind of ‘invisible insistence,’ invisible forces that are around us, things that lead us to a blindness and a lack of comprehension. It makes us drown all of our intuition and instinct into the things that makes us feel comfortable enough to forget our own imperfections, anesthetizing our existence, our individuality as a being...the invisible insistence that devours our means to grow." ~ Dante Horoiwa
Artist’s Reception: Friday, March 5, 2010 from 8 p.m. 'til late
Free and open to the public
Music by Chas
DANTE HOROIWA was born in 1988 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and currently lives in Sao Paulo.
At the age of fifteen, the young Dante Horoiwa began his career as a commercial illustrator. However, magnetized by the vibrant urban art scene in Sao Paulo, Horoiwa soon began painting the streets. Amidst the powerful murals of one of the most exciting graffiti art scenes in the world, Horoiwa developed a unique style.
Horoiwa’s Japanese heritage is also an important influence. Sao Paulo, in fact, is home to the largest community of Japanese people outside of Japan. Liberdade, the “Japantown” of Sao Paulo, is indeed Dante’s favorite neighborhood. Japanese culture, history and philosophy play an important role in his strong sense of spirituality, which heavily influences his work.
Horoiwa quickly gained recognition for his work around the world in Brazil, Australia, the Netherlands and California. In 2009, Horoiwa participated in Reflexo on Urban Art: Lines, Colors and Forms of Brazilian Urban Art, an urban art exhibition in Rotterdam, Netherlands sponsored by Caramundo.
Exhibit on view thru April 17, 2010 A.D.
Part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk, March 5, 2010. View the full schedule of exhibitions at participating venues: