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Author: Marlon de Azambuja (Sto. Antônio da Patrulha-RS, Brazil, 1978)
Year: 2012
Technique: black permanent marker on colour photography
Size: 180 x 220 cm
Edition: unique

Several years ago the Brazilian, Marlon de Azambuja, who lives in Madrid, began surprising people far and wide with his creations, that play with architecture, the city, geography and other cultural frameworks through his multidisciplinary proposals. In 2012, he began his renowned series called “Gran Fachada” (“Grand Façade”), which originates from digital photographs inspired by international museums where the artist directly intervenes, as in this exceptional piece dedicated to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, acquired by the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation at the 2012 Arco International Fair (Madrid). The work was part of the expositions held in the city’s galleries.

Irony and poetry often coalesce in the works by Marlon de Azambuja, a reflexive and conceptual artist who never disregards the sculptural quality and compositional rigour of each of his works. He starts with numerous expressive resources (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation) and combines them using the multiple tools at his disposal (from everyday materials including tape, candles and string) to capture allegories of reality transmuted by his acidic vision of a fundamentally urban landscape. Lucid and playful, engaged and engaging, this restless young artist creates compositions that, within their simple appearance, contain complex messages. They strive towards the narrative sense, denouncing the miseries of everyday society, which is often drawn from semantic clashes, as in this series, whose title holds disparate meanings beyond its direct appearance, prompting reflection by viewers.