Biennale of Sydney

Alex Cerveny

Alex Cerveny, Glossário dos nomes próprios, 2015, oil on linen, 120 x 160 cm. Installtion view at Glossário dos nomes proprios, Paço Imperial (2015), Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Edouard Fraipont.
Alex Cerveny, Struwwelpeter, 2010, oil paint, 40 x 30 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Everton Ballardin. Copyright © e_ballardin.
Alex Cerveny, Hornet, 2017, oil on linen, 100 x 72 cm. Installation view at Nous Les Arbres (2019) Fondation Cartier, Paris. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Edouard Fraipont.

Alex Cerveny

Born 1963 in São Paulo, Brazil
Lives and works in São Paulo and Santo Antônio do Pinhal, Brazil


The work of Alex Cerveny is based on two complementary movements: it navigates in the fracture counter current of the subject-object and pioneers free imaginary territories, enhanced by the American and atavistic heritage of a robust fantasy. His meticulous compositions encompass biblical, mythological, autobiographical and pop culture references usually followed by texts, which often take the form of his personal glossaries.

23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022)

Details to be announced