Born in Rio de Janeiro, Dias-Pino moved to Mato Grosso as a young child and returned to the capital of Rio de Janeiro State to become one the forerunners of concrete poetry and a relevant reference for neoconcrete precepts. In this context, he realizes that his interest lies less in the meaning or the final form of a poem, but above all in the way a poem can be structured – from its materiality to the participative character of the reader – which stimulates him to create, along with other artists, the poem/process movement (1967-1972). At the same time the two movements that dominated the Rio-São Paulo axis in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dias-Pino, together with Alvaro de Sá and other artists from states such as Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso, develops this avant-garde method that rethinks poetry beyond its dimension as a linguistic sign, transforming books or any other means in poems that could be symbolically, structurally, and physically manipulated by the reader.
Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica
Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR)