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Self-taught painter, Lima Jr. uses the technique of oil on textured canvas. His artistic tendency is a modern figurative, representing
dreams and infant fantasies that live inside us. He pictures on a fantastic way playful scenes, circus figures, musicians and landscapes, daily and from other times. The past, the present and why not, the future… His characters are figures from his imagination, but the themes, clothes, environment are the result of deep studies about the manners and everything that surrounds one character of a specific era. His work belongs to all places and times...
THE EXTRAORDINARY ART OF LIMA JUNIOR
As an artist, but especially as a gallery owner and curator, I know numerous excellent artists from many countries. Most of them have developed a personal style and painting techniques of their own, which is not at all easy, as “almost everything” has already been done in art. The art of Lima Junior is all the more remarkable. Not only are his whimsical figures and pictorial compositions unusual. The idiosyncrasy of his paintings arises from the mix of style elements reminiscent of Picasso's cubism with details that could come from comic books, but also from the combination of warm and cool colors, as well as the play of light and shadow. Showing the joy of life and radiating optimism, Lima Junior's paintings prompt a smile everywhere; they are fitting in the office as well as in the homes of young and old alike. Through his art, Brazilian artist Lima Junior affirms that the hardships of everyday life are easier to overcome with humor and a positive attitude to life. Lima Junior will be the artistic representative of his home country, Brazil, in the exhibition “Art from South America”, April 20 – July 14, 2013, at Galerie KONTRASTE in the city of Erwitte, Westphalia, Germany. It has been my great pleasure as gallery owner and curator of this exhibition to invite his participation.
Analysis of Lima Jr. work from the Italian Arts Critic Alessandro Piperno:
When we observe Brazilian artist Lima Junior's works, we immediately notice his considerable narrative skins and great compositional effort, which is the case with very few contemporary painters. We can appreciate the artist's benevolent appropriation of characters can be seen either in their most likely (at times even unlikely. for that matter) condition or in their own traditional conventions, or both. We can also notice the artist's tendency to evince daily-accepted ironic provocativeness and admirable commitment in the artistic rendering of Lima Junior's works: well, in my humble opinion, there is only interwoven answer to this dilemma - ironic narration and technical composition are deeply interwoven they are as one, from inception to completion, thus making for one indissoluble creative process. Moreover, Lima Junior's instinctive, yet controlled, dexterity in figure rendering, socio-environmental construction and chromatic choice gives us- art experts and critics as well as uninformed viewers and lay art enthusiasts - the exact perception of having come across a complete and outstanding artist. Finally. there is one last consideration l cannot fail to make: this Brazilian artist's unrestrained imagination and brilliant creativity always lead him to find unprecedented solutions, tell extravagant, yet possible and sometimes inexorable stories and create smart and witty scenes. His inexhaustible imagination and creativity is coupled with a use of color intimately related to the primal message, which is always 'constructive', cogent and supple, moving and taking. Thus, Lima Junior's painting amuses us and immediately. It fascinates us and moves us by witnessing the moral strength and intellectual acuteness of an artist who is the single and sole passionate and permanent guardian of the great garden of the most human eccentricities, of the most unpredictable scenes from our past, present and perhaps future as well.
Remo Alessandro Piperno - Art Critic.
Individual Expositions of Lima Jr.:
1995-GALERIA ARTE E ANTIQUÁRIO (Art and Antiquarium Gallery), on the 8th anniversary of the gallery. CHAPECÓ - Brasil.
KunstAtelier - Galerie KONTRASTEE - Germay
ART BRAZIL - MARKUS ARTS
RYTZ GALLERY – NYON - Genebra
Artmajeur - Portugal
Individual Expositions of Lima Jr.
1995 - GALERIA ARTE E ANTIQUÁRIO (Art and Antiquarium Gallery), on the 8th anniversary of the gallery. CHAPECÓ - Brasil.
1996 - RYTZ GALLERY – NYON - Genebra.
2000 - ART SANS FRONTIÉRIES GALLERY CARTOON – MELBOURNE - Australia.
1996 - MARKUS ARTES GALLERY - SÃO PAULO - Brasil - Permanent Expositions
1994 - CÉLIA MAIOLLINNI ANTIQUERIAN AND ART GALLERY - JUNDIAÍ - Brasil.
2011 - ART GALLERY A PLACE IN THE SUN - CURITIBA - Brasil - Permanent Expositions
2013 - KUNSTATELIER - GALERIE KONTRASTEE - Germaney - Permanent Expositions
1989/1990/1991 ITATIBA ARTS SHOW – ITATIBA - Brasil
1993 – FIRST UNAP VISUAL ARTS EXPOSITION - SÃO PAULO - Brasil
1994 - BUFET ÉRICO CULTURAL HALL - SÃO PAULO - Brasil
1994 - BEL ARTE GALLERY - SÃO PAULO - Brasil
1994 – 8th ARTS HALL FRANCISCO SIMINIO – AMPARO - Brasil
1995 – ARTS & ANTIQUES GALLERY - SHOPPING D&D - SÃO PAULO - Brasil
1995 - CASA & COR EXPOSITION - FLORIANÓPOLIS - Brasil
1995 - YARA SILVEIRA ARTS GALLERY - SÃO PAULO - Brasil
1996 – 10th ARTS HALL AMPARO – AMPARO - Brasil
1996 – 18th MAKSOUD PLAZA ARTS AUCTION - SÃO PAULO - Brasil1996 - INTERNATIONAL FAIR FOR ANCIENT MOLDEN AND TODAYS - ZURICH
1997 - INTERNATIONAL FAIR FOR ACIENT MODEN AND TODAYS - ZURICH
1998 - MAKSOUD PLAZA ARTS AUCTION – SÃO PAULO - Brasil
1998 - EXPO.BUNTE KUNSTPALETTE GLATT – ZURICH
1999 – “GALPÃO DAS ARTES” REOPEN - SÃO PAULO - Brasil
2000 – FIRST ART GESTURE at “CASA DA FAZENDA DO MORUMBI” - SÃO PAULO - Brasil
2000 – Invited artist at the 500 years of “BRAZILIAN DISCOVERY EXPOSITION - ART SANS FRONTIÉRIES GALLERY CARTOON – MELBOURNE - Australia.
2008 – GROUPAMA ARTS HALL – LISBON - Portugal
2008 – “ÓSCAR’S ARTE” Contemporary Arts Gallery – LISBON - Portugal
2008 - PORTALEGRE CITY ARTS GALLERY - PORTALEGRE – Portugal
2012 – Creates the “G.A.D.U. Group” (Group of Universal Democratic Art) – Initial Exposition at Sandra Setti Art & Design Gallery – JUNDIAÍ - Brasil
2012 - Invited by the Cultural Representative Corrado Calò to participate of the INTERNATIONAL ITALIAN AND NON-ITALIAN ARTISTS EXPOSITION, Marconi Theatre - Italy
2012 – PAINTING BRAZIL ART GALLERY EXPOSITION - MILAN – Italy
2012 - Invited by the Cultural Representative Corrado Calò to participate of the INTERNATIONAL ITALIAN AND NON-ITALIAN ARTISTS EXPOSITION, now touring on BUENOS AIRES - Argentina
2012 - Participated of a COLETIVE EXPOSITION on the “Galleria D’Arte Il Ponte – Centro d’Esposizione d’Arte Moderna” – ROMA – Italy
2013 - Invited by gallerist and curator Mr. José S. Ocón Cao to represent Brazil at the Spring Festival in the City of Erwitte district of Soest, in North Rhine - Westphalia – Germany.
1990 – Golden Medal at “COLORIDO PRETO NO BRANCO - CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE SANTO ANDRÉ” - Brasil
1991- Honour Certificate at “MOSTRA DE ARTES ITATIBA” - Brasil
1993 – Golden Medal at “PRIMEIRO SALÃO DE ARTISTAS PLÁSTICOS DE SÃO PAULO” - Brasil
1994 – Three Silver Medals at the “8th SALÃO DE BELAS ARTES DE AMPARO FRANCISCO SIMINIO” – AMPARO - Brasil
Bibliography and Works Distribution:
- BRAZILIAN DICTIONARY OF ARTS - M. Alice Julio Lousada, vol. 6, 7 and 8.
- ARTS COLLECTION SOL BIDERMAN - SP.
- Works on many cities in Brasil and placed abroad, like Los Angeles, Chicago, Vienna.
- Citibank Director’s Room Painted Panel – WASHINGTON - USA
- “MILLENIUM TAROT SERIES” – Exclusively painted for the “WEB2 Information Factory” made for the web site “guruweb”.
- Invited Artist at the “Catalogo Internazionale D’Arte Moderna nº 11” – International Arts Catalogue edited in Italy by arts critic Mr. Alessandro Piperno, who personally invited Lima Jr. to take part at the 11th edition of the Catalogue.
- At the invitation of the Editor Claude Nops, is published a story with their works in the magazine L'ILLUSIONNISTE - Magazine du Cercle Français de I'llusion No. 379.
- Invited Artist at the “Catalogo Internazionale D’Arte Moderna nº 12” – International Arts Catalogue edited in Italy by arts critic Mr. Alessandro Piperno, who personally invited Lima Jr. to take part at the 11th edition of the Catalogue.
1996 – Special Prize and Golden Medal at “10th SALÃO DE BELAS ARTES DE AMPARO FRANCISCO SIMINIO” – AMPARO - Brasil