Xadalu

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  • Criptografia das Ruas
    Posca pen on wood
    Unique piece
    110 X 110 cm
    2016

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    Street flyers on wood
    Unique piece
    110 X 110 cm
    2016

  • Maria
    Painting on paper and collage on wood
    Unique piece
    110 X 110 cm
    2016

  • Ritmo do Tempo
    Collage and painting on wood
    Unique piece
    110 X 110 cm
    2016

  • 171
    Posca pen and collage on wood
    Unique piece
    118 X 121 cm
    2016

  • Correndo o Risco
    Collage and painting on wood
    Unique piece
    100 X 117 cm
    2016

  • Vote Nulo
    Collage, painting, spray and lime on wood
    Unique piece
    100 X 117 cm
    2016

  • Cobre Negativo
    Collage, painting, soot and scraping on wood
    Unique piece
    110 X 110 cm
    2016

  • Seres Invisíveis
    Photographic printing on radiography sheets in light box
    Edition of 5
    43 X 150 cm
    2016

Curriculum
Dione Martins da Luz (Xadalu)
1985, Alegrete, Brazil. Lives and works in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Xadalu is an urban visual artist with an artwork that switches from interventions in the streets to exhibitions in museums, galleries and cultural centers. His diversified production blends collages of sticker art and languages such as screen print, painting, photography and the object.

His work in street art has already been exhibited in collective and individual shows in institutions in Porto Alegre, such as the Santander Cultural, Cultural Center CEEE Erico Verissimo, Rio Grande do Sul Art Museum (MARGS), Rio Grande do Sul Contemporary Art Museum of (MAC-RS), Rio Grande do Sul Visual Arts Institute (IEAVi), Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana and the Mercosur Human Rights Museum. In Europe, he presented works in galleries in Berlin and Florence.

He is part of private collections and public acquis, such as the Rio Grande do Sul Art Museum (MARGS) and the Contemporary Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul (MAC-RS),).

It is the theme of the book “Xadalu — Urban Movement”, the short film “Sticker Connection” (2015) and the documentary “Xadalu — motion picture” (2017), that portray the production initiated in 2004 with the first collages of the little indigenous boy Xadalu in the streets of Porto Alegre. Today, the character is seen in tens of cities around the world thanks to the network established with other urban visual artists who practice sticker art and swap their stickers through mail.

The indigenous issues have tagged along his work since the beginning. Upon this involvement, he takes time out seasons of artistic residences in villages in the South of Brazil and Argentina. 

As acknowledgement regarding the defense of the indigenous cause linked to sociocultural issues, he was among the works granted the Humanities Award (Prêmio Humanidades) by the Brazilian Institute of the Person (Instituto Brasileiro da Pessoa) 2014. Among other distinctions, he was elected, in 2012, Best Artist at Expo Colex, international exhibition of sticker art held in Santos (SP), and was twice a nominee to the Açorianos Award in Plastic Arts by the Porto Alegre City Hall (2015 and 2016).

He delivers lectures, courses and runs workshops about screen print in urban art, with highlights to the Extension Course in Screen Print of the University of Caxias do Sul (UCS), which he has been teaching since 2016.