about Henrique Oliveira

Henrique Oliveira uses tapumes as a title for many of his large-scale installations. The term, which in Portuguese can mean “fencing”, “boarding”, or “enclosure”, makes reference to the temporary wooden construction fences seen throughout the city of São Paulo where he lives. It also refers to the weathered wood he uses as the primary material in his installations. Henrique refers to them as “tridimensionals” — they have evolved into massive, spatial constructions that combine painting, architecture, and sculpture.

In some installations he uses walls as supports, attaching and shaping lengths of PVC tubing to create enormous, protruding forms over which he layers thin sheets of wood. In others, he arranges thousands of pieces of painted wood into gestural abstract “paintings” that spill off the wall into the viewer’s space. Born in Ourinhos, Brazil in 1973, he received a BFA in painting in 2004 and a Masters in Visual Poetics in 2007 from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Brazil and US.


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