Cristina Canale (b. 1961, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) lives and works in Berlin. Canale’s paintings are on the cusp of impending dissolution into abstraction. Her landscape seem to portray, as has been noted previously, a liquid world, in which a few recognisable elements emerge between fields of colour that are juxtaposed in harmonic fashion, despite the wide variety of colours in each painting. Her early artist career in drawing and painting began at the Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s. After establishing herself in the Brazilian scene as part of the Geração 80 alongside artists such as Beatriz Milhazes and Adriana Varejão. Canale received a fellowship through the state of Brandenburg in Germany, to realize a project at the Wiepersdorf Castle and a fellowship through German Academic Exchange Service to study at the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf until 1995. During this time Canale studied painting under the supervision of Dutch conceptual artist Jan Dibbets.
Cristina Canale has been combining abstraction and representation in her mixed-media paintings on canvas, exploring, over decades of evolving work, the history of painting and its continuing development.
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