Ernesto Neto

Born 1964
Hometown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lives and Works Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Escola de Artes Visuais Pargua Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY
Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofí­a, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, MOT, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Tate Gallery, London, England

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
Art Forum Ute Barth, Zürich, Switzerland
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Leon Tovar Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland

Ernesto Neto is known for his biomorphic sculptural environments. Originally inspired by the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Neto moved from hardedge iron sculptures to his signature pendulous nylon sacks filled with aromatic spices, lead, sand, and Styrofoam balls. Neto mixes the highbrow formalism of minimalism with the sociability and fun of relational aesthetics. Viewers are encouraged to poke, touch, and—in some cases—even walk through these plush organic forms. Neto has had solo shows at major art institutions around the world, including London's Institute for Contemporary Art, Site Santa Fe, Kunsthalle Basel, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He represented Brazil in the 2001 Venice Biennale.

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