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Gus Rizeiro
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, U.S.

Gustavo Rizerio is a notable tattoo and contemporary artist living and working in New York City. Originally from Brazil, Gustavo has spent his entire life honing his skills and innate abilities as an artist.

Drawn to the power and permanence of an image, Gustavo explores multiple mediums in his work such as oil and acrylic painting through everyday objects and other materials, touching on the slow transformative process that art takes through the passing of time. 

His work encompasses the decorative aspects of art nouveau, symbolism, and the clean modernist lines of the contemporary. Exploring the pure subjectivity and expression of an idea over the realistic description of the natural world, Gustavo brings meaning and value to his work through colors, lines, and composition. 

 

Last Rights, 2021

Candles, electrical cables, paper and markers.

In the work presented in the exhibition, the artist Gus Rizerio stresses important issues related to grief. Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have to come up with new ways to deal with the loss of loved ones. Through an installation, in which the artist places a set of candles, in which the wick is replaced by electrical wires, in a corner of the exhibition space, we are led to think about the ideas of beginning and the end, the possibilities and impossibilities that we have in life and in proximity and distance. The artist then asks the audience: “if he could say one last thing to the artist or to another person, with words or a drawing: what would it be?” and, from these answers, a kind of inventory is formed about the ideas of death and life.