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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As part of his first travel abroad, Maxwell Alexandre would be exploring an immersive experience into a new culture and context during his residency at Delfina Foundation, dialoguing his own practice and understandings into the London environment.
2017 Graduação, Departamento de Artes & Design, PÙC-RJ
2017 Laje só existe com gente, Escola Surfe – Complexo Esportivo da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2016 Universo Clandestino, Escola Surfe – Complexo Esportivo da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2015 Exposição Cínica, PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2017 Carpintaria para todos, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel
2016 Desenho como matriz fotográfica, Studio Line, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Descamada, Fábrica Bhering, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Pinacoteca de São Paulo