1949, Capanema, PA, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
The work of Emmanuel Nassar is essentially comprised of painting and the amalgam of different substrates, which include canvas, wood, glass and metal plates, among others. The artist appropriates signs and techniques that range from folk culture to various contemporary art trends, some concretism –– a reference made evident through a search for forms and a scientism between them and their content –– and, above all, pop art, the leitmotif of his artistic imagination. Nassar evokes notions of a primitivism and an industrial precariousness that go back to his roots in the North of Brazil, which he at once laments and praises scathingly. For the writer and curator Ligia Canongia, his work is a Brazilian response to the principles established by pop, thoughtfully considered and adjusted to the limits of our repertoire.
He earned a degree in architecture from Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA) in 1975. He has had solo exhibitions at: Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil (2016, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2005 and 2003); Museu Castro Maya, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012); Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo, Brazil (2009); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil; the retrospectives EN: 81-18, curated by Pedro Nery, Estaçãp Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil; A Poesia da Gambiarra, curated by Denise Mattar, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, Brazil (2003); and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (1998).
Among the many group shows he has participated in are: Crônicas Cariocas, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2021); Língua Solta, Museu da Língua Portuguesa, São Paulo, Brazil (2021); Potência e Adversidade, Pavilhão Branco and Pavilhão Preto, Campo Grande, Lisbon, Portugal (2017); Aquilo que Nos Une, Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016); 140 Caracteres, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2014); O Abrigo e o Terreno, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); Ensaios de Geopoética, 8th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011); VI Bienal Internacional de Estandartes, Tijuana, Mexico (2010); Contemporary Brazilian Photography, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany (2006); Brasil + 500 – Mostra do Redescobrimento, Bienal Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil (2000); 6th Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (1998); Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1998 and 1989); he represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale, Italy (1993); U-ABC, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the 3rd Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (1989); among others.
His works are part of important permanent collections, such as Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, USA and Caracas, Venezuela; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil; and University Essex Museum, England.