Luce Gallery , Turin, Italy
21 Oct 2021 - 16 Nov 2021
Luce Gallery is pleased to present the solo show Untouchable Negritude by Zéh Palito.
The exhibition brings together a new body of works featuring subjects of the Afro-Brazilian artist’s imaginary, inspired by his origin culture and characterized by bright colors evoking relaxed and intense atmospheres.
“Untouchable Negritude is a collection of works that showcase Blackness through the lens of Zéh Palito. Riddled with nuance, Palito provides insight to contemporary African Diasporic life by painting figures that exude satisfaction and self-assurance. Adorned with gold and other jewels, shells, exotic fruits, and flowers, each figure becomes the center of attention, thus allowing them to become the protagonist of their own story.
Each figure is positioned in a stance of power that illustrates a positive self-identity and pays homage to a rich cultural heritage. Combined with the use of bright colors, each figure demonstrates confidence through their mere existence. Palito is a storyteller and cultural observer. This exhibition is a vehicle in which he is using to tell unique stories of the black experience.”
Thomas James (curator)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Zéh Palito was born in 1986 in Limeira (São Paulo, Brazil), where he lives and works. His work has been exhibited at Museu Afro Brasil in San Paolo, MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, Eubie Blake Cultural Center in Baltimore, MAC – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Americana, and Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center in Beirut. The Afro-Brazilian painter is also a well-known street artist.