Tales of Common People
Mariana Custodio Gallery is pleased to present Diogo Barros Pires’ Solo Exhibition: Tales of Common People. Deeply informed by the relationship between memories, people and their environments, this exhibition explores the human subject within a campy depiction of common scenarios. Tales of Common People showcases works that are at first constituted by phases of contemporary life. Daily scenes of different locations, different subjects and different experiences are then reinterpreted by Pires’ imagination. In a genre painting matter, Pires offers us glances of everyday lifestyles and the contemporary subject, bristled with a most personal tale-telling style.
Exciting and charismatic, the works on view reflect Pires’ fanciful outlook on life, elevating the stagey, the performative or the flamboyance of common encounters.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Diogo Barros Pires (b. 1985) is a figurative contemporary artist from Lisbon. Having studied Economics in the University of Lisbon and with an early training as a photographer in Prague, Barros Pires is also a former student of AR.CO, with a degree in the Advanced Course of Visual Arts. His work explores the relationship between memories, people and their environments. Spontaneously combining the collective imagery inherited by history, literature and cinema, with the transitory nature of everyday moments, Barros Pires creatively offers a dynamic mix of perspective, performance and emotionality. His work hums with a range of vibrant colour, nuanced tonal scales and a mix-media approach.
Owing to his brightness and versatility, in 2017, Diogo Barros Pires became creative director of Studio Astolfi, through which he work has gained further visibility, in addition to have had the opportunity to collaborate with other international recognised artists and reputable designers.