Marcos Brêtas has never aspired to being a contemporary painter. Belonging to a generation of artists that do not see painting as a vanguard activity, he nonetheless became a painter.
Since studying at Escola de Artes Visuais de Parque Lage in the early 1980s, he has kept to this domain and become increasingly committed to his discipline, which is viscerally attached to the expressive nature of his works.
Swimming against the tide at a time when beauty is held in mistrust, in his work there is a great respect for the modernist pictorial tradition. Unswayed by contemporary artistic mores, which hold that painting should be analytic and distances, Marcos Brêtas gives primacy to introspection and intimacy. He tirelessly explores the ongoing legacy and issue of modern painting, both European and Brazilian.
Like Eugène Leroy, between the intransigeance of Lucien Freud and the phantasmal universes of Iberê Camargo, Brêtas forges a singular path that reveals vast, obscure, somber inner landscapes that are intensely poetic and of rare expressive power.
« Everything is baroque: thermosphere, the texture, the space » the artist has declared. Yet it is silence that first strikes us, invading the canvases, slowly creeping in. Reminiscences of his Brazilian culture or an attempt to justify creations that reveal more than intuitive craft? « There aren’t any sketches; I paint straight onto the canvases. My work isn’t planned »
Marcos Brêtas was born in 1959 in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1979, he enrolled in the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro before attending the Parque Lage School of Visual Art until 1991, still in Rio de Janeiro.
Marcos Brêtas has been living and working in France for about twenty years.Read more
2015 Personal exhibition, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Open doors, Ateliers du Ventre de la Baleine, Pantin, France
2011 Open doors, Ateliers du Ventre de la Baleine, Pantin, France
2009 Open doors, Ateliers du Ventre de la Baleine, Pantin, France
Open doors, Ateliers des Frigos, Paris, France
2008 Open doors, Ateliers des Frigos, Paris, France
2007 Open doors, Ateliers des Frigos, Paris, France
2001 Open doors, Ateliers des Frigos, Paris, France
1998 Índice, Museu da Republica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1994 Open doors, Ateliers de la Bastille, Paris, France
1993 Gravidade e Aparência, Museu Municipal de Arte, Curitiba, Brazil
Fundação Cultural de Curitiba, Brazil
1992 Gravidade e Aparência, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9X6, Galeria Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1989 Exposition collective, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Salvador
Collective exhibition, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1987 5° Salão de Arte Contemporanêa de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
1986 39° Salão de Art de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
1984 37° Salão de Art de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
1983 40° Salão de Art do Paraná, Museu Arte Contemporanêa, Curitiba, BrazilRead more