Thiago Martins de Melo

Thiago Martins de Melo (São Luis, Brazil, 1981) combines painting, video and installation to create compelling compositions derived from a sociopolitical critique that stands out for its dialectic and use of metaphors. Enriched by symbolisms and juxtapositions in both materials and subject matter, the works of Martins de Melo approach painting from a postcolonial perspective that seeks to establish a dialog between past and present to represent the eternal struggle to restore order and peace in society. Subversive by nature, Martins de Melo’s work seeks to create a reflection in the spectator from a critical point of view by representing different perspectives that tackle the abuses of power and authoritarianism derived from the Spanish conquest of Latin America. Influenced by the mysticism and preservation of Pre-Hispanic traditions, Martins de Melo seeks to conjure a social and historic retribution through his radical compositions that stand out for their technical expertise. With a style that is as much figurative as it is expressionist, Martins de Melo’s paintings reflect an internal struggle to express both spiritually and physically. Recognized throughout the world for his monumental formats, Martins de Melo revives the notion of muralism with a social focus and an expansive sense of dimension from a modern perspective that is able to experiment with digital animation and the assembly of elements. Martins de Melo has participated in numerous biennials and group exhibitions such as “New Shamans” in the Rubell Family Collection (Miami, Florida), “Soft Power. Arte Brasil” in Kunsthal Kade (Amersfoot, Holland), “The World Is Made Of Stories” in the Astrup Fearnley Museet (Oslo, Norway), “Imagine Brazil” in the DHC Art Foundation For Contemporary Art (Montreal, Canada) and “O Ponto De Ebulição” in PSM-Gallery (Berlin, Germany). His work belongs to institutional collections such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna, Austria), the Rubell Family Collection (Miami, Florida), the Astrup Fearnley Museet (Oslo, Norway), the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP) (São Paulo, Brazil) and the Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca (IAGO) (Oaxaca, México).