Erika Verzutti studied industrial design at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo (1991), and continued her postgraduate studies in art at Goldsmiths College, London (1999–2000). Verzutti’s drawings, paintings, and sculptures represent the denizens of alternative worlds located somewhere between the real and the fantastic. Her work is characterized by the use of vernacular materials and the incorporation of “accidents”—scratches, breaks, and stains—that result in disturbing yet familiar effects.

Verzutti’s sculptures hover between abstraction and figuration but often take sensuous forms suggestive of animals or vegetation. Tropical plants occupy an especially privileged position in the artist’s iconography, as exemplified by the series Forms of Jaca (2008–11), an exhaustive exploration of the visual qualities of the jackfruit, a tree common to Brazil. Verzutti’s 2011 sculpture Porn Star references Constantin Brancusi’s iconic column structures of the early twentieth century by piling multiple bronze casts of the star fruit into a towering phallic stack. The value of the material employed is at once highlighted and undermined by the drips of white acrylic paint that dribble from the top of the work.

In 2010 Verzutti worked with a group of Brazilian artists that included Jac Leirner, Ernesto Neto, and Adriana Varejão to develop the sculpture Seven-Headed Monster (Bicho de 7 Cabeças); each participant was invited to create one head of the titular beast. The diversity of the creators’ styles combine to form a strange amalgamation of the various contemporary legacies of Brazilian modernism. Pet Cemetery (2008) is a set of expressive sculptures that alludes to animal burial. Each component work is displayed on a precarious structure or a conventional pedestal. These are grouped in a graveyard-like installation, an arrangement that casts doubt on any sentimental association of art with deathless beauty.

Erika Verzutti
Erika Verzutti
São Paulo, 1971
Brazil

Past Exhibitions

A Bela e a Fera (Beauty and the Beast)

Central Galeria
07/06/2017 — 05/08/2017

A Terceira Mão

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel
06/02/2017 — 25/03/2017

Contemporary Brazilian Arts from the Rubell Family Collection

The Rubell Family Collection
01/12/2016 — 30/05/2017

The Many and the One: Brazilian Contemporary Art

Instituto Tomie Ohtake
04/09/2016 — 23/10/2016

Erika Verzutti: Swan, Cucumber, Dinosaur

Pivô
03/04/2016 — 28/05/2016

Solo Shows

2016
Swan, Cucumber, Dinosaur, Pivô, São Paulo, Brasil
Glory Hole: Beleza Ainda Vital, Galeria Jacqueline Martins, São Paulo, Brasil

2015
Erika Verzutti: Two Eyes, Two Mouths, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Erika Verzutti: Swan with Stage, Sculpture Center, New York, USA

2014
Mineral, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, New York, USA
Painted Ladies, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland

2013
Palettes, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan,

2012
Antonio Malta & Erika Verzutti, Centro Cultural São Paulo, Brazil

Group Shows

2016


32ª Bienal de São Paulo, Fundação Bienal, São Paulo, Brasil


Under the Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today, South London Gallery, London, UK


SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA


Everything you are I am not: Latin American Contemporary Art from the Tiroche Collection, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ


Prediction, curated by Milovan Farronato, Mendes Wood, São Paulo, Brazil


Brasil, Beleza?, museum Beelden aan Zee / Lange Voorhout, Den Haag, The Netherlands


Tertúlia, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil Obras, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, USA

2015


34º Panorama da Arte Brasileira, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil


Organic Sculpture, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK


No Sound, Anexo Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brasil


Alimentário – arte e construção do patrimônio alimentar brasileiro, OCA Pavilhão Lucas Nogueira Garcez, São Paulo, Brasil


Brazilian Pavillion at Expo Milano 2015, Milan, Italy


LARA – Latin American Roaming Art, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico


Jac Leirner, Albert Baronian Project Space, Brussels, Belgium


Under The Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico


A mão negativa, EAV Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


Empty House / Casa Vazia, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA


Deserto Modelo, Herald St Gallery, London, UK


G.I.F.T., Der Tank, Campus der Künste, Basel, Switzerland


Jac Leirner, Albert Baronian Project Space, Brussels, Belgium

2014


Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, USA


Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY USA


Matter & Memory, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK


Salon Distingué, Museum Langmatt, Baden, Switzerland


140 Caracteres, MAM Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil


Banana Boat, Álvaro Razuk Arquitetura, São Paulo, Brasil


Postcodes, Casa do Povo, São Paulo, Brasil


Matriz e Desconstrução, Anita Schwartz Galeria, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


Histórias Mestiças, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo


A paz entre os animais, Boatos Fine Arts, São Paulo, Brasil


Animal, mineral, vegetable, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA


14/15, Bolsa de Arte, São Paulo, Brasil

2013


Voir est une Fable, Chambres à Part, Paris, France


56th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA


Commercial Break, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico D.F., Mexico

Portals, Forecasts and Monotypes, Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil


Mitologias por Procuraçao, MAM, Museu de Arte Moderna da Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Universo Bordallo Pinheiro, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Betao a Vista, Mube, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2012


Principios Flexor, Galeria Gramatura, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Armin Boehm, Fabian Marti, Erika Verzutti – I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger (Jean Genet), Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland


Home Again – 10 Artists Who Have Experienced Japan, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan


Air de Lyon, PROA Fundación, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Lilliput, High Line Art, New York, NY

Contacts & Details

City of birth: São Paulo Country of birth: Brazil Date of birth: 1971 Lives in: São Paulo
W: Erika Verzutti M: info@verzutti.com