1962, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
The materiality of paint, as well as references on the history of painting, permeate the work of Rodrigo Andrade. His vibrant form of expression manifests itself mainly through painting, but also transits through mediums such as drawings, engravings and objects. In the 1980s, the artist joined the group Casa 7 and, under the influence of German neo-expressionism, his work appears in large formats, with expressive brushstrokes and strong colors. In the decade that followed, he alternated between figurative and abstract works and, starting in 1999, began creating works in which thick layers of oil paint, in geometric forms, are applied on the canvas. He displayed his matter paintings of color and form in São Paulo's public spaces, and it is in his contact with these environments that his power resides: there is a permeability between the concentration and the containment of the elements present in his works and in the environments in which they were displayed.
Rodrigo Andrade has held exhibitions at important national and international institutions. Recent solo exhibitions include: Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil, and Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Pinturas de Estrada, Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); Pinturas: Seleção 99-06, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2006); and Paredes da Caixa, Museu da Caixa Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil (2006). Group shows include: Troposphere, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China (2017); Pequenas Pinturas, Auroras, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Deserto-Modelo “as above, so below”, Harold St. Gallery, London, UK (2015); Iberê Camargo: Século XXI, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2014); Lugar Nenhum, Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); 30 X Bienal, Bienal Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); and 29th Bienal of São Paulo, Brazil (2010). In 2008, the monographic book Rodrigo Andrade, was published, bringing together his works from 1983 onward (Editora Cosac Naify).
His work is in important permanent collections, such as Museu de Arte de Brasília, Brazil; Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; as well as private collections.