ARTIST PROFILE

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Images from top:

1.Polaroid of Márcio Norberto in his partners South London garden, 2021. Photograph: Maresa Harvey
2. 'Pimlico', 2019

3. 'Home', 2020
4. (Above) 'Rotterdam', 2019

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INTRODUCING

Márcio Norberto

PAINTER

LONDON, ENGLAND

b. 1978, Terra Boa, Paraná

Practice 

Norberto does not produce digital prints. This is important as, at a quick glance, you would certainly be forgiven for mistaking his bold yet serene works as such. Instead, on closer inspection, you will find that the Artist has employed a hard-edge painting technique. It is an interesting choice that complements the history of earlier recognisable works, such as Piet Mondrian or June Harwood (who used the abstraction of the technique to create orderly, formal, classic works; where what mattered was form, line, colour and their own interaction). Whilst these Artists works strived to move away from their contemporaries, who saw emotion as the sole drive of the artist (Angie Kordic: 2016), Márcio Norberto’s works are inherently personal. (Much more akin to the likes of William T. Williams).

 

Across Norberto’s’ body of work, you will find the characteristic clean lines and bold, angular, graphic shapes of the hard-edge painting technique. However, these are arranged to create the recognisable shapes of buildings. Whilst the locations span across the world, there is a simplicity to these everyday landmarks, that lends each a certain recognisability and familiarity. You will find that steps and staircases are particular recurring themes. Unlike his predecessors, these works are each, purposefully, a perfect beat off flawless. You may find small inconsistencies, such as a border slightly narrowing on one side, or a slightly less dense area of paint, each confirming that this is a unique and human creation. Likewise, you will find that some scenes have been chosen precisely for their imperfections, ‘Mind the Step’ particularly springs to mind. A refreshing development that is well suited to our current time, working against the availability of ‘perfected’ images that are commonly saturated into our everyday experiences.

 

The magic of the works comes from knowing that each colour, each line, has been painstakingly pressed onto the paper by the Artist. The architecture of each piece being built layer by layer of colour. Working with paper, Norberto recognises the duality of strength and vulnerability of the material, a reflection of the human experience. He uses an inviting colour palette that whilst cool and matte, is also warm and welcoming, evoking a sense of calm and peace that is endlessly alluring.

Background

Márcio Norberto is an ambitious, largely self-taught Black Artist, on a mission to escape creative categorisation and start a conversation with us. As we have learnt, Norberto produces work prolifically; consistently evolving the chosen medium and style in which to express his creativity and message. Norberto has a steadfast honesty in his approach, that carries through to his work.

 

Norberto hails from south Brazil, where he studied Fashion Design at FAESA University in São Paulo, although he explains art and fashion were not widely accessible, or supported as a career path that would be available to him. He moved in 2000 to study Fashion Business at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. During this time, he was exposed to a multitude of different artforms and was encouraged by his peers to engage more closely in creating art. Subsequently, he started a career in fashion illustration whilst also working as a model at various art studios around Amsterdam.  

 

A few years later, Norberto moved to Ireland (2003), he started producing Street Art and creating works with a stronger Pop Art aesthetic. Use of a moniker ‘m78’ started to appear on works and you will find a similar version of this in his current works in the LATENT gallery.  During this time, he also delivered successful solo exhibitions showcasing photographic portraits.

 

He came across an article about ‘public visibility’ written by social psychologist Fernando Braga da Costa (2008), which continues to influence Norberto’s’ practice today. Shocked by the findings (that in general, people only see the social function of another, and that those who may not be well positioned under this criterion, become a social shadow) Norberto realised that this applies to other areas of our daily experiences too. Given the usual fast pace of life, we can be prone to miss the small details of our surroundings and their beauty.

 

Today – you will find Márcio Norberto obsessed with the world and architecture around us. In particular, the buildings that you may pass on your everyday adventures and the smaller details: a step, a door or the corner of a building. Norberto seeks out the beauty in the simplicity of their structures, perhaps all too often taken for granted, or harder for us to find and recognise. The Artist provokes a conversation about visibility and encourages us to pause, look around us and exchange our values.

 

Further Information

Instagram: @marcionineteen78

 

For further enquires please contact:

info@latentcollective.co.uk

 

Márcio Norberto has an extensive body of work beyond the pieces currently listed on LATENT. Please contact us if you have not been able to find exactly what you were looking for.

 

The Artist is available to produce commissions. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this possibility further.

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