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The grotesque and the unreal in the works of Siron Franco

The exhibition “Suspicion Story” shows some of the most important works of the distinguished Brazilian painter, approaching themes including indigenous reality and disability.

The Brazilian artist, designer and sculptor Siron Franco(1947, Goias Velho) began his career painting portraits of the bourgeoisie of the Brazilian city of Goiana. However, the work of the painter would soon stop being realistic and figurative, changing to become dark and unreal.

Gradually Franco was opening his soul and transform his art into reflections of the grotesque images that dominated his mind. Thus, the mental universe of the Brazilian artist would be reflected in the dramatic atmosphere of his works and through his use of dark colours like grey, brown or black that is typical of his works.

His career was based in modernism and years later he has become one of the most acclaimed Brazilian artists of his time and has shown his works in more than one hundred countries and in some of the most important galleries in the world.

Some of his most acclaimed works are the sculpture “Monumento as Nacoes Indigenas”(Monument to Indigenous Peoples) and the paintings “O executivo” and “O figueiredo”.

Franco has also done some single works like “La plaza del amor es ciego” (The centre of love is blind), a roundabout made in the city of Brasilia in 2002 made for blind people with a large representation of the iris of a human eye and Braille.

The Essex Collection of Art From Latin America(ESCALA) at the University of Essex, offers a retrospective with some of his works entitled “Siron Franco: Suspicious Story”, “Ontem”(Yesterday) or “Radiografia Brasileira”(Brazilian X-ray).

According to the organisation, the artistic pieces exhibited in the show make reference to themes like “the sometimes tragic history of Brazil’s dispossessed inhabitants, among them, the landless indigenous”.

You can visit the exhibition until the 28th of October in the Firstsite gallery, in Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester.

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(Translated by Harriet Payne)

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