Sergio de Camargo


Sergio de Camargo, ‘Large Split Relief No.34/4/74’ 1964–5
Large Split Relief No.34/4/74 1964–5
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Sérgio de Camargo (April 8, 1930 – 1990) was a sculptor and relief maker, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sergio De Camargo studied at the Academia Altamira in Buenos Aires under Emilio Pettoruti and Lucio Fontana. Camargo also studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris. On a protracted trip through Europe in 1948, Camargo met Brâncuși, Arp, Henri Laurens and Georges Vantongerloo.

Sérgio de Camargo began to work in sculpture and his early pieces are reminiscent of Picasso and H. Laurens. Returning to Brazil in 1950, Camargo came into contact with Brazilian Constructivists. In 1952-53 he again returned to Europe and went to China in 1954. Between 1961 and 1974 Sérgio de Camargo remained in Paris, where he became in 1963 as a member of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV). During that period he concentrated on structuring monochrome white surfaces some in "Polyhedral Volumes of Mutable Readings" using parallelepiped shapes and others with cylindrical wooden reliefs, in both cases proposing the play of lights and shadows alternating between order and chaos, fullness and emptiness. in 1963 also received the International Sculpture Prize of the Paris Biennale. After this period of work, Sérgio de Camargo returned to Brazil. There he contributed (1965-67) a monumental element to Oscar Niemeyer's Foreign Ministry in Brasília - a rhythmically structured 25-m wall. During the late 1960s Sérgio de Camargo showed work at numerous international exhibitions, marking the high point of the recognition accorded de Camargo's work outside Brazil (including a gold medal at the 1965 São Paulo Biennale; the 1966 Venice Biennale 1966; the 1968 documenta in Kassel). Sérgio de Camargo died in Rio de Janeiro in 1990. The Tate Gallery in London has one of de Camargo's work in their permanent collection.

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