santídio Pereira was born in Curral Comprido, in Piauí, but moved to São Paulo very early, when he was only 8 years old. His interest in engraving was also very early, still a boy, and he began to study artistic techniques at the Instituto Acaia, with much encouragement from his mother. Standing out especially in woodcuts, the young man was incorporated into the team of artists at Galeria Estação, where he has already held two solo exhibitions, in 2016 and 2018.

Now 22 years old, Santídio caught the attention of other artists, collectors and art professionals for his youth and mastery of technique, which for him is a mixture of painting, drawing and sculpture. He has already exhibited at SESC units in São Paulo, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Centro Cultural São Paulo and at the Pinta fair, in Miami, among other spaces. Since the beginning of February and with the support of the Estação gallery, he has started an artistic residency offered by AnnexB, an entity that aims to promote Brazilian artists in New York.

Founded in 2016, the institution maintains a program  of residencies exclusively for Brazilian artists, having received names such as Dalton de Paulo, Carla Chaim, Nino Cais and Ivan Grilo since its foundation. AnnexB was conceived by Larissa Ferreira and has Tatiane Schilaro as creative director. Recently, it was announced that the space will host the winner of the recently announced Parque Lage Award.

During the month of residency, until the beginning of March, Santídio not only developed new works but also carried out activities around the city, such as a workshop for children at the Lilian Weber School of the Arts, in partnership with the Anne Fontaine Foundation. During his stay, he met the São Paulo native Moisés Patrício, who was the cover of our 43rd issue with work from the series Accepted?, with whom he exchanged experiences and a friendship blossomed.

Also in early March, Santídio opened an exhibition with some of the works produced at AnnexB, added to others he took from Brazil. The show, which runs until April 19, takes place at one of the b[x] locations, a space that welcomes artists, creatives and technologists for activities. Curated by Schilaro, it was titled Between Two Skies and there are six woodcuts produced in 2016 and 12 monotypes developed by the artist during his period in residence at AnnexB. For the curator, the show “invites us to imagine the collapse of the horizon, the multiplication of firmaments and terrains as they become one”.

Later this year, he will hold his second international exhibition, this time crossing the ocean to Paris, where he will present works at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. The institution “is dedicated to promoting and increasing public awareness of contemporary art. Each year, the Fondation Cartier organizes a program of exhibitions based on individual artists or themes and commissioning of artists, thus enriching an important collection”. There have already been several names of Brazilian artists, such as Beatriz Milhazes, Luiz Zerbini, Adriana Varejão and Véio. The exhibition at Cartier will be a collective, whose theme is the idea of ​​the tree and will take place between July 9 and November 10 of this year.

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