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The Art Portfolio of Vanderlei Lopes

A bronze sculpture of a pink textile hangingImagem, titatium oxide and iron oxide on bronze

Vanderlei Lopes is a sculptor who uses novel combinations of media and unexpected colour palettes to create sculptural artworks in which everything is not as it seems. The artist uses a wide range of media, often combining wildly different materials in a way that emphasizes and subverts common expectations for certain types of media and art. 

A sculpture of a pair of shoes with golden interiorsPosse (sapatos), shoe polish over bronze and polished bronze


Some of the artist’s recent sculptures have taken the form of flows of liquid emerging from holes in the gallery wall. Already, these sculptures produce the tactile effect of a material state that is quite different from the media actually being used. There’s a sense of the uncanny valley in many of Lopes’ works, and the viewer is forced to reassess each image to determine if initial notions are, in fact, correct. 


Lopes’ sculptures are akin to a kind of magical realism, where the goal often seems to be that of emulating a certain material or producing a realistic effect, only by using materials that are outside of what might be expected for a given task.

An artwork made from bronze polished to look like liquidDisputa, polished bronze

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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