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Cockpit Arts Award Winner, Rafael Santoliquido exhibits in Brazil

Rafael Santoliquido was recently invited to participate at the Suspiro (Gasp) exhibition at the Brazilian Gallery, Marcelo Auge in São Paulo. The exhibits included works from eleven artists, and focused on photography and interior design.  This is the newest art gallery of contemporary art in São Paulo, which opened its doors with a display of works that portray or fabricate physical, spatial or psychological intervals for a world marked by the overload of information and mind-boggling speed.

A student of cinema, radio and television in the United States and Europe, Marcelo Auge has developed in the last decade a career as a photographer, researcher and curator. The desire to create a more democratic and fresh gallery, brought together Celso Ieiri, Fernando Abbud and Thalmo Shihomatsu adding trajectories and diverse expertise: from fashion to finance, from marketing to cultural management.

Referencing nature and architecture, the collection also brought together Aecio Sarti, Allan Neuman Vaz, Arthur Peranovich, Cadu Úbeda, Douglas Damasceno, Eduardo Longman, Marco Rey, Neni Benavente, Paola Vianna, Rafael Santoliquido and Marcelo Auge with photography as his main (but not single) support.

Pieces all by Rafael

Rafael Santoliquido was the only international Brazilian artist invited to exhibit. Based at Cockpit Arts in London, Rafael Santoliquido researches nature as a Paulistano (a native of São Paulo, Brazil). His exhibit consisted of a few pieces from his collection “Natureza Paulistana (Paulistana Nature)”.  Rafael explains in his own words his inspiration for his works:

“I look for harmony in the nature my city offers me. Through the research for my bowls I seek to reinterpret what is my experience of nature as a Paulistano. If the beautiful is made ugly and the ugly is made beautiful, it is not for a culture or person to judge, for they are mutual concepts. The ugliness of a city like São Paulo becomes beautiful because of its plurality, diversity and daring. It is from that daring that I try to bring other expressions into my creations. The beautiful rise from the grey concrete in a city such as Sao Paulo is like a rose that rises boldly from the cracks of those concretes. In this collection, all of my objects have a solid base and little by little they create conventional shapes following the same movement of the rose arising from the cracks of the concrete”.  Rafael Santoliquido

Rafael Santoliquido, Cockpit Arts Award Winner

Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at our two centres in central and south London.  The Turners’ award provides studio space at the Cockpit Arts Centre in Deptford, London, and includes access to a lathe and workbench for a year.


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