Cristina Canale

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  • Untitled
    Oil on canvas
    Unique piece
    210 X 250 cm
    1990/1991

  • "Camisa Xadrez"
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    114 X 118 cm
    2012

  • "Varal"
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    117 X 114 cm
    2012

  • "Mão e Luva"
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    56 X 76 cm
    2012

  • Untitled
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    64 X 99 cm
    2007

  • "Torre"
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    70 X 100 cm
    2005

  • Untitled
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    70 X 100 cm
    2005

  • Untitled
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    48 X 36 cm
    2007

  • Untitled
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    36 X 48 cm
    2007

  • Untitled
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    36 X 48 cm
    2007

  • Untitled
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    36 X 48 cm
    2007

  • Untitled
    Mixed media on paper
    Unique piece
    36 X 48 cm
    2007

Curriculum
Cristina Canale (b. 1961, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) lives and works in Berlin. Canale’s paintings are on the cusp of impending dissolution into abstraction. Her landscape seem to portray, as has been noted previously, a liquid world, in which a few recognisable elements emerge between fields of colour that are juxtaposed in harmonic fashion, despite the wide variety of colours in each painting. Her early artist career in drawing and painting began at the Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s. After establishing herself in the Brazilian scene as part of the Geração 80 alongside artists such as Beatriz Milhazes and Adriana Varejão. Canale received a fellowship through the state of  Brandenburg in Germany, to realize a project at the Wiepersdorf Castle and a fellowship through German Academic Exchange Service to study at the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf until 1995. During this time Canale studied painting under the supervision of Dutch conceptual artist Jan Dibbets. Cristina Canale has been combining abstraction and representation in her mixed-media paintings on canvas, exploring, over decades of evolving work, the history of painting and its continuing development. Her early work is muscular, washed in dark hues and filled with bold lines and impasto passages of paint. In the mid-1990s, she moved to Germany to study at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts, where she began to lighten her color palette and soften her approach. Her current works reveal influences of Fauvism, Post-Impressionism, and Neo-Expressionism, while their subjects—landscapes, figures, domestic scenes, dogs, and cats—recall pre- and early-Modern themes. In all of her work, Canale merges the literal and the lyrical, celebrating the malleability and magic of her medium. Her large-scale painting practice creates lucid environments that encapsulate the childlike and abstract manner to the figures throughout. Turista em ação (2006) abstractly  illustrates tourist with a camera obstructing his face within a scene with tropical greenery and blue skies. She featured in the 21st São Paulo Biennial (São Paulo , Brazil, 1991); and the 6th Curitiba Biennial (Curitiba, Brazil, 2011). Recent individual exhibitions include: Zwischen den Welten (Kunstforum Markert Gruppe, Hamburg, Germany, 2015); Entremundos (Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, 2014); Entre o ser e as coisas (Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014); and Protagonista e domingo (Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 2013); as well as group shows, including Além da forma (Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 2012); O Colecionador de sonhos (Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 2011) and most recently A cor do Brasil, curated by Paulo Herkenhoff and Marcelo Campos at the  Museum of Art of Rio (Rio de Janeiro, 2016).