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Maxwell Alexandre, Pardo é Papel

8 march - 7 july 2019

Opening Thursday 7th March 2019

Maxwell Alexandre
Maxwell Alexandre, Só quando tu tá com..., de la série Pardo é Papel, 2018

In 2019, the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon offers Maxwell Alexandre, a Young Brazilian artist, his first monographic exhibition outside Brazil. For this occasion, the museum welcomes the artist for a month-long residency in Lyon.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1990, Maxwell Alexandre graduated in design from the PUC-RJ (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) in 2016. His early rollerblading career profoundly influenced his perception of urban space. Zipping through the city, he traversed a dizzying flow of images and in his work he now attempts to capture some of that energy and transfer it to his art.

Inspired by mural painting and rap music, his works represent the collective and refer to numerous socio-political and cultural issues, particularly the place of minorities.
Using different supports such as brown paper, doors and iron window frames, he draws situations from daily life in which groups of anonymous individuals with roughly drawn faces (women, children in uniform, municipal workers, policemen, etc.) survive on the streets and alleyways of Rocinha, the biggest favela in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives and works.
By creating monumental and popular works, through his fluid and precise painting, the artist celebrates the Afro-Brazilian body in an adopted position of power.

Maxwell Alexandre takes his inspiration from life in Rocinha to create an engaged and complex narrative work in a Brazil fraught with tension. He can also be said to construct a unique universe composed of works that are at once powerful and fragile.