Henrique Oliveira was born in Ourinhos, Brazil, in 1973. He moved to the city of São Paulo in 1990, where he graduated and had a Masters in visual arts at Universidade de São Paulo. Moving through the territories of sculpture, painting and architecture, Henrique Oliveira’s immersive environments and hybrid spaces bring back the original nature of materials and re-define their ordinary use. A wide range of references can be noticed in his works. From science-fiction and medical text to Art History and psychoanalysis, these subjects converge into an innovative visual language that combines biomorphic images and urban materiality. Perception of space, surface and consistency are often destabilized in his creations, weakening categories otherwise taken as secure means of organizing our understanding of everyday-life. In some of his constructions, specially in those made at architectural level, the public is attracted into situations of discomfort while his sculptural interventions act to blur the borders of sensuality and abjection. Raising existential and political issues implicit in the notions of death and decay, many times these creations play the role of a contemporary mirror, reflecting the position of mankind in the world and its relationship with nature and environment.
Among his most notorious exhibitions are “Transarquitetonica” at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea – São Paulo, Brasil (2014) and “Baitogogo” at the Palais de Tokyo – Paris. He has also contributed with several group shows such as “Brasiliana – Installation from 1960 to the present” at Schirn Kunsthalle – Frankfurt, Germany (2013); “Object in Flux” at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, USA (2015) and the 29th Bienal de São Paulo – São Paulo, Brasil (2010). Along his career he has been awarded in countries as Japan, France and Brazil. Some of his works are in collections such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (USA) and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia). He also has installations on permanent view in places like Les Jardins Suspendus, Le Havre, and Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (both in France) and Arte Sella, Italy.