Geraldo de Barros Brazilian, 1923-1998

1923, Chavantes. 1998, São Paulo, Brazil.

Geraldo de Barros is one of the key names in the 20th century Brazilian art. Combining his first studies on painting and a later interest in photography, he investigated the limits of traditional photographic processes, intervening directly in the negative, making multiple exposures of the same film, superimpositions, montages and cuttings, questioning the classical rules of composition. Despite the profound formal concern clearly seen on Brazilian Concretism (a scene that had Geraldo de Barros as one pivotal name), he managed to merge it with his social concerns, which led him to address the industrial processes within his work, coherently dealing with varied issues such as geometric constructions, reproductibility, socialisation of art, Theory of Form, and industrial design.