pulsating brazilian art: beatriz milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes Art London Underground

The colorful fine art of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes represent much of what we think of when someone mentions Brazil: bright tropical colors; pulsating energy and rhythm of Carnivale; a fluid movement mixed with a carefree passion for life.

Rio de Janeiro is a city that I love and have returned to many times.  There is just something so captivating about the people and the incredible beachside setting.  And when I learned that Milhazes’ studio overlooks the Botanical Gardens in the city, I wasn’t surprised: you can see the inspiration in her modernist still life paintings where floral shapes collide in a frenzy of vivid colors.

 

Beatriz Milhazes Brazilian Art

Born in Rio in 1960, Beatriz Milhazes has taken the international art scene by storm.  Well-known in Brazil, her first solo show in New York was held in 1996 and her career has been on a sharp rise since she was chosen to represent Brazil at the 2003 Venice Biennale.  This was followed with important commissions for public works in London – including a mural for the restaurant at the Tate Modern Gallery and an incredible series of paintings, which fill the arches of the Gloucester Road Station on London’s Underground (top image).

 

Beatriz Milhazes Art - Periquita

The contemporary art of Milhazes is often rigidly structured with repeating shapes and geometric patterns strewn across a canvas divided into ordered planes of intense colors.  Periquita (above) and Phebo (below), both of 2004, are a perfect example of her technique.  Rather than paint directly onto the canvas, Milhazes paints her spirals, circles and floral motifs on individual sheets of plastic that are allowed to dry and then carefully peeled off and layered onto the canvas to create a collage.  The overall effect is very flat and devoid of the artist’s brushstrokes.

 

Beatriz Milhazes Art _ Phebo

Continuing with the collage technique, as a New York City advisor of Brazilian fine art, one of my favorite pieces is entitled Brinquelandia (below) which roughly translates as Playland and is an homage to London’s retail scene with a mix of colorful shopping bags jostling for position amongst her trademark floral petals.

 

Beatriz Milhazes Art - Brinquelandia

One of Milhazes’ latest ventures has been the creation of fabulous mobiles and three-dimensional artworks (below).  Here we see the forms traditionally associated with her paintings suspended in time and space in a gentle ongoing dance.  They are simply entrancing for anyone who loves her work.

 

Beatriz Milhazes Art _ Mobile

Unlike other contemporary artists, Beatriz Milhazes actually produces less than a dozen of her soulful Brazilian artworks per year. This makes it difficult for her representing dealers who are limited by her output to mount gallery shows every four to five years. The good news for fans is that she is held in major museum collections.  The better news for collectors of Brazilian art is that her works can also be found through the secondary market via art advisors such as myself.

Richard Rabel, the|modern|sybarite

image credits: James Cohan Gallery, New York.

 

 

  • Margaret Ryall

    I was lucky enough to see Milhazes work in person and I was quite taken with the brilliant colour, patterning and lyrical energy. I guess we are always attracted to art work that references our own artistic interests and techniques.

  • Yolanda Otero

    Stunning colors and movement!
    Reflects passion for life.

  • Bjarni Breidfjord

    Beatriz Milhazes is an amazing artist. The most astonishing pieces I have seen from her are the mobiles she did for Cartier.

    • themodernsybarite

      TY Bjarni. Yes, those mobiles are quite something. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Patricia Travis

    Thanks Richard for shedding more light on an artist who produces such vibrant, musical, carefree but passionate images. I literally hear music when I look at Beatriz’s work. Her work did make me happier when I looked at it ! Very inspiring and uplifting images I am glad I viewed.

    • themodernsybarite

      TY Patricia. Come back when you can.

  • Cindy Avroch

    Beautiful! Brightened up the awful day here in NYC today.

    • themodernsybarite

      Yes, an unintended result 🙂

  • Galina Sherman

    Thanks for sharing.I love colors and patterns of her works.Beautifully.

    • themodernsybarite

      My pleasure!

  • Ellen Fisch

    Wonderfully colorful and beautifully designed paintings and three dimensional artwork! Beatriz Milhazes’ fabulous paintings are evocative of tropical Carnivale in the most captivating way!

    • themodernsybarite

      They make me happy!

      • Ellen Fisch

        Me, too 🙂