Feeling Deadly Tired Of Representing The Human, Without Being A Part Of The Human, Do-It-Yourself Sistine Chapel German Series
Work present in the show at Instituto Tomie Ohtake. PHOTO: Disclosure

Pedro Moraleida, “boy” who committed suicide shortly after turning 22, in 1999, had his artistic work, of exceptional strength, silenced for years.

After his death, his parents, Luiz Bernardes and Nilcéa Moraleida, invited Professor Gastão Frota and colleagues such as Cinthia Marcelle, Sara Ramo and Emilio Maciel to look at the set of work produced by the artist in such a short time. Since then, researchers and curators such as Rodrigo Moura and Veronica Stigger have also pored over his more than 450 paintings and almost 1450 drawings.

In the words of Paulo Miyada, curator of the show at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Moraleida “decided that art always needed to be a scream, a pustule, a song of boiling blood. Feeding on our unspeakable desires and traumas, instead of polishing the chrome surface of sophisticated environments.”

Apparently, Moraleida's career in art was influenced by her enormous curiosity in philosophers who, in the 90s, served as the basis for contemporary thinking. Bataille, Artaud, Deleuze, Derrida and Lacan are, in one way or another, present in their works, which bring eschatology, sexuality and the body and always use them as an affront.

The intensity and violence of Moraleida's painting is necessarily disturbing, because in its beauty lies a deep pain. A being that implodes everything all the time, nonconformist, who can't have pleasure. Torn bodies, hands amputated. The same hands capable of producing this work. “The decisive stroke of his drawings and the chromatic power of his paintings are some of the ingredients that multiply the hardness of his words”, says Miyada.

This all could have cost him his life. After all, breaking with moral and aesthetic canons always comes at a price.

Pedro Moraleida – Song of Boiling Blood 

until February 17

Instituto Tomie Ohtake – Av. Brigadier Faria Lima, 201





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