Olivier Mourão, simplistic maximalist, passionate host and collector of art and pharaonic artefacts, has been a professional artist since the early 1960s. His paintings, designs and sculptures have been highlighted in more than 700 publications, books and 74 exhibitions around the world.
Mourão's life as an artist reads like something from an Oscar-winning movie script: From his early years as Brazil's most famous child portrait painter, to the style-defining years when he met Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon, his great idol. He was also a good friend of Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala, whose influence is of great value for his work till today.
Inspired by beautiful people, beautiful things, and the island of Ibiza, Olivier creates intense moments of pure hedonism. His works are created with closed eyes in a distinctive process. First, he draws an image straight from the tube of paint on canvas, and then he paints it on cardboard or handmade paper. Spontaneity and simplicity play a key role.
His visual language tells stories about escapism, infantile excitement and immeasurable admiration, in which an uncompromising attitude towards ancient and contemporary art can be found. His exhibitions can also be seen as a kind of savoir vivre, happenings of openness, tolerance and warm curiosity from international viewers and collectors.
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