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The Engravings of Arthur Luiz Piza

07 Nov 2015
14 Mar 2016

NOV 7, 2015
MAR 14, 2016

Starting November 7, Pinacoteca de São Paulo – the art museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture – host the exhibit titled “A Gravura de Arthur Luiz Piza” [“The engravings of Arthur Luiz Piza”], an important overview of the graphic work of one of Brazil’s leading contemporary artists. The show, held at Estação Pinacoteca, for the first time presents a set of engravings by the São Paulo-based artist, donated to the Pinacoteca.

In all there are 137 works that show the path that Arthur Piza imprinted upon his production from his experimentations carried out in 1952, when he got started. In the first room, visitors find works that explore the use of aqua fortis, aquatint, and the action of acids on the copper plate, which also bear figuration and references to surrealism. Works from the period in which Piza combined abstract lines and shapes can also be seen in this space.

Subsequently, Piza redefines his production and, in the second room are pieces from this period, which start to include geometric shapes, the result of the stimulus that the new directions of art provided him. “Here, the images grow in scale, often occupying the entire surface of the paper. The use of intense colors and embossed textures, meticulously engraved, gives Piza’s engraving its own and unmistakable vocabulary, also indicating to the artist possibilities for his work with collages, painting, carving, and sculpture. Relief will definitively mark the corpus of his production,” explains curator Carlos Martins.

The Arthur Piza exhibit remains on view through March 14, 2016 on the third floor of Estação Pinacoteca, where the Guita and José Mindlin Engraving Office is located – Largo General Osorio, 66. Admission is open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and visitors are allowed to remain until 6:00 pm. Tickets cost R$ 6 (full price) and R$ 3 (half-price for students, seniors, etc.).


Born in São Paulo in 1928, Arthur Luiz Piza began his artistic training in 1943 with Antonio Gomide. After participating in the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art Biennial, Piza moved to Paris and frequented the studio of Johnny Friedlaender, from whom he learned metal engraving techniques. Later he dedicated himself to watercolor and collage. He held solo exhibits in Brazil and in several other countries such as Japan, Ecuador, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Italy, Spain, Denmark, and the United States.