Since the 1980s, Luiz Zerbini has developed a visual vocabulary of vibrant colors and geometrical or gestural motifs employed for abstraction or figuration. Whether in his paintings, installations or drawings, Zerbini’s process makes forms dismember into winding lines that evoke tropical vegetation or reveal striking patterns created from varied textures. The artist creates monotypes through printing fronds, fibers, stems, leaves and branches, articulating the presses’ unexpected results with the formal repertoire and natural design of the vegetal world. With his seductive palette and technical prowess, the subjects taken up by Zerbini range from vegetable life to the historical, from collective to personal events.
Among his recent solo exhibitions are A mesma história nunca é a mesma, MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brasil (2022); Anos 1990, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brasil (2021); Campo Expandido, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2020); Intuitive Ratio, South London Gallery, London, UK (2019); Monotipias, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brasil (2017) e Amor, MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2012).The artist has also participated in the group shows High Votage Two, Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel (2021); Trees, Power Station of Art, Shangai, China (2021); MECARÕ. Amazonia in the Petitgas Collection, MO.CO. Montpellier Contemporain, Montpellier, France (2020); Cities in Dust, Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2020); Nous les Arbres, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France (2019) e Campo, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2019);
Zerbini has works in important public collections, such as Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaundengo per l’Arte, Turim, Italy; Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil; MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil and MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brazil.