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Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato at Mendes Wood DM, Brussels

Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato, autodidact painter and straight shooter. He does not have schooling. He does not follow tendencies. He does not belong to churches. He paints as it comes. Amen. – Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato, 1946

Mendes Wood DM Brussels is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by the seminal Brazilian artist Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato (1900-1995). Comprised of works made between the 1960s and the 1990s, which have been selected by Italian painter Giangiacomo Rossetti (b.1989, Milan), this show marks Lorenzato’s first solo presentation in Belgium. Drawn to the natural world and the imponderabilia of daily life, Lorenzato depicted landscapes, still lives and scenes from his hometown of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His aim was not to replicate his environment, but rather to translate it through a simplified vision of reduced geometric forms utilizing rich, handmade pigments and defined brush strokes.

Through his work in civil construction, Lorenzato gained an intimate understanding of materials and often made his own canvases utilizing wire, cement plates or cardboard. He also implemented techniques and tools from his time as a mural painter, using combs, brushes and forks which he referred to as pincel-pente, or comb-brushes. These crude but expressive tools allowed him to achieve the deeply grooved and less incisive brushwork of his frenzied surfaces.

Although Lorenzato worked in isolation for most of his life, he painted in the Minas Gerais tradition as established by the celebrated mid 20th century Brazilian artist Alberto da Veiga Guignard. Like Lorenzato, Guignard’s preferred theme of choice was the landscape, hazy and suspended in gravity, while Lorenzato’s world rested between elasticity and constructivism.

Through his work in civil construction, Lorenzato gained an intimate understanding of materials and often made his own canvases utilizing wire, cement plates or cardboard. He also implemented techniques and tools from his time as a mural painter, using combs, brushes and forks which he referred to as pincel-pente, or comb-brushes. These crude but expressive tools allowed him to achieve the deeply grooved and less incisive brushwork of his frenzied surfaces. Although Lorenzato worked in isolation for most of his life, he painted in the Minas Gerais tradition as established by the celebrated mid 20th century Brazilian artist Alberto da Veiga Guignard. Like Lorenzato, Guignard’s preferred theme of choice was the landscape, hazy and suspended in gravity, while Lorenzato’s world rested between elasticity and constructivism.

Lorenzato’s paintings do not attempt to translate the real – clouds are not merely clouds, and shadows are not merely shadows. Rather, they are nuanced possibilities of appearances, and inhabit an illusionary world. Through his painting, Lorenzato developed a pure and powerful private language that offered an alternative view of the reality that surrounded him.

At Mendes Wood DM, Brussels
until 15 January 2020

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