Tiago Carneiro da Cunha

São Paulo, Brazil, 1973




Tiago Carneiro da Cunha’s paintings deal with cosmic clashes between forces of nature and hybrid, monstrous beings. The artist usually organizes the action of his compositions always on the margins, leaving the center free for the circulation of representations of nebulae, beams of light and energy vortices. The thick oil paint impasto with which the artist executes his forms imprints a sense of accumulated matter and manual craftsmanship that refers to sculpture, fundamental in the his practice since the beginning of his career. Drawing on the iconography of B-movies, comic books and video games, his works combine the visual vocabulary of animation with a wry sense of humor. The works combine the critical impulse of parody and caricature with an openly playful dimension of creating supernatural characters and scenes.

Recent solo exhibitions include Maldita Comédia, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brasil (2023); Green Galaxy, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan (2022) Crepúsculo, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil (2019) and Trânsito dos infernos, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (2016). He has also participated in the group shows Nunca só essa mente nunca só esse mundo, Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2023); Medo de gente, Projeto Vênus, São Paulo, Brasil (2023); Estado Bruto, MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2021); Gravedad y Orbita, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (2020) and Perdona que no te crea, Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2019).

The artist has works in important public collections, such as MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Saatchi Collection, London, UK and SFMoMA, San Francisco, USA.