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Which Beat, 2020
Paulo Govea, Brazilian
U$ 4,500 + tax and shipping
61 x 43" | 154.9 x 109.2 cm
Acrylic on Canvas
Original and Unique artwork
About the Artwork
Which values do you follow? With this question, Paulo Govêa presents us with a political work marked by the murder of George Perry Floyd Jr. on May 25th, 2020 in Minneapolis (USA). With this Black figure with a face marked by scarification, Paulo puts us at the forefront of the Brazilian reality where racial violence is part of Brazilian daily life, and yet we assume a relaxed posture, almost paralyzed, but where scars reside.
This art is a criticism of the Brazilian people who are influenced by what happens in the United States or Europe but do not manifest when the same violence happens in Brazil. The act of revolt is not the problem itself, but two questions need to be addressed: when does this revolt happen and where does it come from? Paulo Govêa's call to action remains, "Always rebel when someone is a victim anywhere!"
Paulo Govêa is known internationally and has produced exhibitions in Brazil, Chile, Spain, and in the United States. In his very unique way of stylizing his characters, we may note that his stylistic identity coexists harmoniously with broad and comprehensive subjects of the mass culture. Among the several sources of inspiration of the artist, some of his works show a surrealistic touch with an uncommon manner in which elements are arranged. The artist plays with the object-background relationship, transforming the characters into a stage for patterns and figures that propose another form of representation of the individuals. With color, coherence, and creativity, Paulo Govêa gives us a production that is increasingly maturing and rich in terms of forms and meaning.
“Govea’s art is immediately distinguishable by the unique styling of his characters, which harmoniously blends broad subjects of mass culture. Rich in color, detail and creativity, Govêa’s work also reflects surrealistic influences” https://www.latinsf.org/paulo-govea