Gonçalo Ivo (Rio de Janeiro, 1958) grew up around poets, visual artists, literary critics and musicians. Taken by his parents – teacher Maria Leda and poet Lêdo Ivo – he frequented the studios of Lygia Clark, Ione Saldanha, Maria Leontina, Abelardo Zaluar and Iberê Camargo, from whom he received his first drawing and painting lessons. Within his family circle, he got to know the writers Gilberto Freyre, Marques Rebelo, Álvaro Lins and the poet and ambassador João Cabral de Melo Neto. All this humanistic experience provided by his parents had a profound impact on the personality of this restless and precocious artist.
Ivo graduated as an architect and urban planner from Universidade Federal Fluminense, and studied in 1976 with Aluísio Carvão and Sérgio Campos Melo at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, where he later taught between 1983 and 1986. In 1984, he participated in the anthological exhibition “Como vai você, Geração 80?”, at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, in Rio de Janeiro, being the first artist of his generation to hold a solo show at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, in 1994. From the year 2000 onwards, he settled in Paris, the city he chose to live in with his family. In 2013, he set up another studio in Madrid, alternating periods of work between Europe and Brazil.
Throughout his career, his work has been shown in museums in Brazil and abroad, with emphasis on exhibitions held at the Paço Imperial, Museu de Arte Moderna, and Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba; and Grand Palais, Paris; and also at Galerie Flak and Galerie Boulakia, Paris; Materna y Herencia, Madrid; Venice Design, Venice; Dan Galeria, São Paulo; Anita Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro; and Simões de Assis, in the Curitiba, São Paulo and Balneário Camboriú venues.
Relevant Brazilian and international critics have published essays and texts in numerous books and catalogs about his work, including: Roberto Pontual, Frederico Morais, Fernando Cocchiarale, Olivio Tavares de Araujo, Felipe Scovino, and Luiz Chrysostomo, in Brazil; Valter Hugo Mãe, Portugal; Steven Alexander, USA; Lionello Puppi, Italy; Martín López-See, Spain; Gilbert Lascault, Lydia Harambourg and Marcelin Pleynet, France.
In 2019, invited by the American institution Residency Unlimited, he spent a season in New York and, in 2020, was part of the artist residency program of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, in Bethany, USA, occupying the Clark Studio. Represented by Simões de Assis, Gonçalo Ivo divides his time between his ateliers in Serra de Teresópolis, Madrid and Paris.
Museums and collections
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, USA
Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, Texas, USA
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo, Brazil
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Brazil
Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro, MAR, Brazil
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil
Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil
Fundação Edson Queiroz, Fortaleza, Brazil
Deutsch Bank Collection
Union des Banques Suisses Collection
Bank Boston Collection
JP Morgan Collectionler mais >