Gonçalo Ivo: Monumental Acts of Devotion

Gonçalo Ivo, Santa Maria de Taull, 2009, 260 x 650 cm, oil on linen
Gonçalo Ivo, Santa Maria de Taull, 2009, 260 x 650 cm, oil on linen

Steven Alexander writes about the work of painter Gonçalo Ivo for a new monograph on the artist.

Alexander notes that Ivo's paintings are "deeply vibrant... with subtle saturated color and chunky oil surfaces – work that is charged with cultural resonances and inclusive in scope... his remarkable Teresopolis studio [is] an expansive magical space, loaded with the traditional tools and seductive textures of the trade – an obvious site of intense immersion and dedicated action. On the walls, numerous large canvases animated the space with dynamic geometric configurations that brought to mind a natural marriage of Andean textiles and Paul Klee."