Elizabeth Castillo and Georgina Chumaceiro
Art Nouveau Gallery Directors
cordially invite you
the opening reception of

João Galvão

In the presence of the artist

Catalog Essay by art historian Amalia Caputo

on Thursday Septempber 3, 7 - 10 pm

at Art Nouveau Gallery
348 NW 29th St.
Museo Vault Building
Wynwood Arts District
Miami, Fl. 33127

305 573 4661


Joao Galvao, Tangerine, 2015, 70 x 70 cm.
Joao Galvao, Tangerine, 2015, Acrylic / Wood, 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 4 in.

From Reason to Intuition.

In Reflections, his first solo show in the United States, the Brazilian artist Joao Carlos Galvão, (Rio de Janeiro, 1941) is presenting a selection of 13 small and medium format assemblages/reliefs from his most recent production. Galvão boasts a long trajectory of more than forty years exhibiting his artwork. He began to study painting in 1951 and lived in Paris in the late 1960s. Since 2004, he has been a member of the International Madi Movement (Movement, Abstraction, Dimension, Invention), created in Argentina in 1946 by the Argentine-Hungarian Gyula Kosice, along with the Uruguayans Carmelo Arden Quinn, and Rhod Rothfuss. Galvão was included as a Madi artist, as his work follows the ideas of invention, limitless artistic creation and the search of new methods of art research that the group adheres to. The artist has a long trajectory of exhibitions in Brazil, France and England. He participated in the 9th Sao Paulo Biennial in 1967 and he is one of the most important artistic voices within Brazil’s constructive geometric abstraction.

Joao Galvao, Young at Hart, 2015, 70 x 140 cm.
Joao Galvao, Young at Heart, 2015, Acrylic / Wood, 27 1/2 x 55 x 4 in.


The exhibition gathers a series of Assemblages, works composed of Brazilian hardwood blocks, natural or painted in oil – some of them cut along one side in a perfect 90۔۔degree angle, on the other side in curved or circular shapes – and that grouped on the pictorial plane, compose a sort of rhythmic suite. Galvão assigns to wood a leading role in his work; he allows it, with its nobility and history of its own, to participate with its grains in the intervention in the geometric rhythms he engages in each composition, thus establishing a sensitive relationship with the process of alignment of each piece.(…)

Joao Galvao, Camila, 2015, 70 x 70 cm.
Joao Galvao, Camila, 2015, Acrylic / Wood, 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 4 in.


Galvão points out: “Even so, my work is rigorously constructed on the basis of pure intuition,” and it is precisely this duality between the cerebral element in his mathematical style and the emotional charge in the composition that makes this relation/tension between the human being and nature be present in each assemblage, like an individual microcosm of which he is an essential part

About Art Nouveau Gallery

Art Nouveau Galería was founded in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1987 by Elizabeth Hazim de Castillo and in 2010 she opened a space in Wynwood, Miami, known as Art Nouveau Gallery with her daughter in law and partner Georgina Chumaceiro. The gallery features modern and contemporary art focused on the geometric abstraction art, widely explored in Latin America, and ranges from emerging and mid-career artists to major historical art figures such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesus Rafael Soto, John Henry, Julio Le Parc and Rogelio Polesello, among others. Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, apart from a strong secondary market, represents highly credentialed Latin American Geometric Abstraction artists such as Rafael Barrios, Joao Galvao, Milton Becerra, Hector Ramirez and Abel Ventoso.

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