Brazilian artist and researcher Daniel de Paula presents a series of objects and works that give continuation to his ongoing investigations towards infrastructure and the production of geographical space understood as the reproduction of violent practices that are fundamental to capitalist production. Through a variety of sculptural and conceptual strategies the artist proposes, not only a critical reflection of the physical structures that surround us, but also of the agency and invisible phenomena they conceal. The recent propositions by Daniel de Paula seek to activate and exhaust a multitude of agents and relations in a given spatial context. His work seems invested with vitality, a silent forcefulness derived from qualities subtracted off the very own behavior and history of ordinary objects, places, and actions in an urban landscape. The operations employed by the artist suggest an indivisible bond between the objects presented and the actions that give them existence, presence, and significance. Through strategies such as amplified negotiations with and within city structures, displacement of quotidian objects, appropriation of public infrastructure, and interaction with constitutive agents of the exhibition space and its surrounding landscape, his pieces, installations, and interventions attempt to disarticulate, reconstruct and resignify rigid and conditioned spatial and conceptual systems and configurations. His recent maneuvers have intersected the disciplines of art, architecture, and geography by means of juxtaposing of objects and actions in both public and private spheres.
Born in 1987 in Boston, USA.
Lives and works between São Paulo and Amsterdam Daniel de Paula graduated in 2012 from FAAP with a BFA in Visual Arts, São Paulo. In 2017 began a masters in Human Geography, USP, University of São Paulo, (interrupted), São Paulo, and in 2018 came to the Netherlands for a post-academic residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He currently lives and works between São Paulo and Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include, Francesca_Minini, Milan (2019); Kunsthalle Gent, Gent (2019); Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo (2017); Galeria Leme, São Paulo (2015); White Cube Gallery, São Paulo (2014) and Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo (2011). His works have also been included in relevant institutional group exhibitions such as: Il coltello nella carne, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2018); Avenida Paulista, curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Tomás Toledo, MASP, São Paulo (2017); Metrópole: Experiência Paulistana, curated by Tadeu Chiarelli, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo (2017); Nós entre os Extremos, curated by Paulo Miyada, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2015), and Da próxima vez eu fazia tudo diferente, curated by Diego Matos, PIVÔ, São Paulo (2012). Daniel de Paula was awarded the following scholarships: Independent Programme of the São Paulo School (2014), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2013) and Casa Tomada, São Paulo (2012). He won the acquisition award at the Programa de Exposições do Centro Cultural São Paulo (2011), awarded at the exhibition EDP at the Artes at Institute Tomie Ohtake curated by Agnaldo Farias, São Paulo (2010). Artist website: http://www.danieldepaula.org