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Vik Muniz  (b.1961)
 

Vik Muniz

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"Vik Muniz" Vicente José De Oliveira Muniz, was born on December 20th, 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently lives and works between New York City and Rio de Janeiro.

Artist and photographer who began his career as a sculptor in the late 1980s, Muniz soon became more interested in photographic reproductions of sculptures than in the objects themselves.

Muniz grew interested with the photographic representations of his work, eventually focusing completely on photography. Muniz's work has been met with both commercial success and big critical acclaim, his creations has been exhibited worldwide. His solo show at Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) in Rio de Janeiro was second only to Picasso (in attendance records). Muniz’s recreations of famous paintings are notable for their uncanny attention to detail and the non-traditional nature of the media he chooses.

Vik Muniz is considered by many to be one the most important contemporary  artists. Very socially conscious, the 2010 documentary film “Waste Land”, directed by Lucy Walker, highlights Muniz work on a garbage dump outside of Rio de Janeiro. Also known for his creative appropriation (such as recreating a screen print by Andy Warhol using jelly and peanut butter), Muniz has reinvented appropriation in the arts through the constant use of new media while taking a circumspect look at history and the present day.

Muniz has been the subject of many solo exhibitions including: Vik Muniz, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (2016); Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perceptions, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Florida, Taubman Museum of Art, VA, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach (2014-2015); Vik Muniz: Mas Aca de la Imagen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima, Peru (2014); Vik Muniz: Picutres of Anything, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel and Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2014); VantagePoint X / Vik Muniz, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina (2012), to list just a few.

The talent of Vik Muniz is admirable for reproducing works of art or images of popular culture through "drawing" by self invented techniques in order to offer new readings of the originals but in an ironic way . The basic mechanism by which his work is governed is a visual game which often force to involve other senses.

A remote comparison model could be Arcimboldo's painting, whose portraits composed of vegetables, animals or objects would have their equivalent in the scenes in which Muniz "painted" using nails, plastic soldiers, worms made of the same material, trash, toys, diamonds, pieces from puzzles... In the case of Muniz it is not a question of pictorially represented matters but of real photographed substances. Each new series he creates always explores different themes and develops new artistic material expanding the possibilities of creation, maintaining every time a relationship between the image and the material used in each case. His ability to penetrate our subconscious through the use of a delicate irony weaving an intelligent game that finally involves all our senses seems to be endless.

Colección D.O.P. (D.O.P. Collection) takes pride to achieve one of the most extensive collections worldwide of artworks from this artist with more than 100 works spanning from his very beginnings to his most recent creations.

 

 
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