Carmichael Gallery is proud to present Life’s Flavor, the debut US solo exhibition of Brazilian artist Nina Pandolfo. Artwork on display will include mixed media sculpture and works on canvas featuring metal, crystal and light, complemented by several large, site-specific installations. This is the first exhibition at Carmichael Gallery’s new location on Washington Blvd, Culver City.
There will be an opening reception for Life’s Flavor on Saturday, March 20 with Nina in attendance. The exhibition will run through April 18 2010.
Nina Pandolfo is internationally celebrated as one of Brazil’s most exciting emerging contemporary fine artists. Born in Tupã, São Paulo in 1977, her artwork depicts an expansive, colorful landscape populated with sassy wide-eyed girls, their playthings, and their animal friends. These captivating characters and the activities in which they engage are visual embodiments of adult introspection, childhood dreams and fears, and simple, unabashed escapism, themes Nina frequently confronts and explores in her work. From both her canvas and sculptural pieces emerge a vision of another, more spectacular, world, albeit one with a distinctly Brazilian sensibility.
Nina’s perspective is enhanced by opulently employed symbolism, allowing for multiple readings of each piece. Whilst she is not directed inspired by the contemporary Asian school, certain stylistic features of her work and the technical expertise with which she executes them position her alongside the best practitioners of the Kaikai Kiki school.
Nina is also recognized as Brazil’s leading female exponent of graffiti and street art. She first began to paint on the streets at age twelve and since then has become one of a select group of artists who have eased the transition of this art form into galleries and museums. Nina’s local and international success serves as an inspiration to the generations of young female painters and graffiti artists who follow in her footsteps. She continues to live and work in São Paulo.