The starting point of the exhibition Happiness are the portraits of Carmen Miranda, a trademark of Maurício Porto’s work. The show also features elements of nature mixed with iconic personalities in music and cinema. All the paintings are inspired by the concept of happiness, well-being and high spirits.
The exhibition will run from November 8th to 28th, at Galeria DAVERA, located on the 4th floor of Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel.
In addition to Carmen Miranda, displaying flowers, birds and their famous bananas, the exhibition also brings the elegance of the unforgettable actress Audrey Hepburn, portrayed in a profile montage contemplating a hummingbird on a blue background in the tone of the New York Tiffany store, scenery of the most famous film by the Hollywood star, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The singers Madonna and Rita Lee are also highlights – the North American was portrayed in an exuberant and sensual way, while the Brazilian rocker got psychedelic flowers along with her famous round glasses.
A canvas with the Buddha image complements the Happinness sequence, which, according to the artist, seeks to “translate the feeling of a meditative sigh in the midst of a turbulent world”.
The Happiness show is sponsored by Óptica Foernges, with cultural support Essere Joias, Finger Móveis Planados and Bella Vista Arte & Molduras.
Maurício Porto has a degree in Advertising in Rio de Janeiro, where he lived for 15 years, before spending a period in New York participating in exhibitions. Maurício has lived in Porto Alegre since 2005, exhibiting his art and practicing advertising. In March 2016, he paid tribute to Carmen Miranda with the show The Brazilian Bombshell, which was on display at Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana. Her work brings influences from Pop Art, along with elements of Brazilian culture.
“Maurício Porto’s work includes portraits of celebrities and study of personalities. Its dynamic representation of people communicates the gestures and feelings of Pop Culture icons. They hide, they sing, they pose and are revealed. Porto reveals the strong characteristic of its themes through generous lines and colors, combining portrayal and representation with a sophisticated position in cultural mediation. ” – Angella di Bello, curator of Agora Gallery / New York