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Rui Sanches
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Rui Sanches

Rui Sanches was born in Lisbon (1954) where he lives and works. He studied at Ar.Co, in Lisbon, at Goldsmiths’ College in London (B.A. 1980) and at Yale University in New Haven (M.F.A. 1982). He received a Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship for the period 1980/1982. His first one-person exhibition of drawings took place in Lisbon in the Modern Art Gallery of SNBA in 1984, soon followed by a first exhibition of sculpture in Galeria Diferença, in the same city. Since then he has shown his work in many galleries, museums and art centers, both in Portugal and abroad. Among the one-person exhibitions we can single out: “Drawings”, CAM, Gulbenkian Foundation; “Body Building”, Loja da Atalaia, Lisbon; “Rui Sanches, Retrospective”, CAM, Gulbenkian Foundation and “Museum”, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon. Some important group-exhibitions were: the 19th São Paulo Bienal; “PASTFUTURETENSE”, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Vancouver Art Gallery; “Tríptico”, Europália 91. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent; “From Silence to Light”, Watari-Um, Tóquio; “Abstract/Real”, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Viena; “Dentro y Fuera” Cáceres and “Serralves 2009 – The Collection”, Museu de Serralves, Porto. During the 1980’s his work was based on the deconstruction of paintings and genres of painting. Paintings by Classical and Neoclassical authors, genres such as Portrait and Still-life, characters from Classical mythology or from Christian iconography, were used as starting points for sculptures and drawings. In these sculptures it is especially important the use of common materials, namely processed wood (particleboard and plywood), and also everyday materials and objects, such as textiles, electric light features and water piping, that introduce poetic associations. In the 1990’s there is a progressive abandon of direct art-historical references and so a greater freedom in the choice of forms used: there is a co-existence of the previous hollow wooden “boxes” and strips with a process of layering of thin shits of plywood. This process allows, through an accumulation of individual outlines cut out of plywood, for the creation of organic and anthropomorphic shapes. In recent years these processes have co-existed with several other techniques and materials: sheets of glass, elements cast in bronze, steel structures, painted wood, allowing for a dramatic widening of resources and a greater richness of expression.

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