The urban poetics of Maxwell Alexandre (Rio de Janeiro, 1990) involves the construction of narratives and scenes structured from his daily experiences in the city of Rio de Janeiro and in Rocinha, where he lives and works. On different supports, such as canvas for Capri swimming pools, doors and iron frames, anonymous characters appear in recurring situations in the favela. These are large-format paintings in which black bodies are presented in an empowered way, but also in moments of confrontation with the police, depicting a radically contemporary community routine.
In 2018, he was selected by Instituto Inclusartiz for an artist residency grant at the Delfina Foundation, in London. The following year, the exhibition “Pardo é papel” was inaugurated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, which, with the support of Inclusartiz, was toured throughout Brazil, visiting the MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio de Janeiro), Fundação Iberê Camargo (Porto Alegre) and Instituto Tomie Ohtake (São Paulo).
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