Marcos Chaves

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  • Title: "Interior Emptyness", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Saci", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Meigalinha", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Still Life I", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Still Life II", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Still Life III", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Calcius", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Skull", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 5
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Azeite", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 5
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "É o Cão", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "My Deer", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

  • Title: "Self", from "Figure" Series
    Media: Photography
    Edition: 3
    Dimensions: 150 X 125 cm
    Date: 2007

Curriculum
Marcos Chaves (b. 1961, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is based in Rio de Janeiro. Chaves began his artistic career in the early 1980’s and as a conceptual artist Marcos Chaves’ photographs, videos, assemblages, and large-scale installations transform neglected everyday experiences and materials into art objects. His parodical and light-hearted work uses humor to obscure a tragic and poetic sensibility. “Humor opens paths,” he says. “Sometimes you might laugh at something, but it may not be that funny. Humor might make us stop and think.” Chaves superimposes text over photos, documents his own artistic interventions in photographs and video, and installs pre-existing non-art objects in artistic contexts in a manner reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp. In Chaves’ work Academia created an open air gym where characters from Rio de Janeiro could use the objects from the exhibition to exercise, this included cement, iron pipes, wood and rods. The title itself is a pun on the centrality of the samba and gyms in the everyday lives of Cariocas. Recent solo shows include: ARBOLABOR (Centro de Arte de la Caja de Burgos, Spain, 2015); Academia (Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2014); Narciso (Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013); I only have eyes for you (Fundação Eva Klabin, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013); Pieces (Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil, 2011). He featured in the 1st and 5th editions of the Mercosul Biennial, in Porto Alegre (1997 and 2005), and the 25th Bienal de São Paulo (2002), all in Brazil; the 17th Cerveira Biennale, in Portugal (2013), and the 54th Venice Biennale, in Italy (2011), among others.