Rui Chafes was born in Lisbon in 1966. Between 1990 and 1992, he studied with Gerhard Merz at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in Germany. During this stay, impregnated with German culture, he translated Novalis’ Fragments into Portuguese.
His sculptures are almost always of iron, painted black or anthracite, and seek the empty place of a non-object. Chafes’ work is defined by an uncommon coherence and rigour in enigmatic and mysterious works, shadows or negatives of a world that imprisons and holds the void, the absolute silence: cocoons, nests, insects, armours, masks or clothes represent both a memory and a skin that protect and announce an absent body.
He started an international career early on, representing Portugal at the Venice Biennale (in 1995 with José Pedro Croft and Pedro Cabrita Reis) and at the São Paulo Biennale (in 2004, in a project with Vera Mantero). Several of his sculptures are now in public collections in Portugal and abroad. In 2004 he received the Robert-Jacobsen Sculpture Prize from the Würth Foundation in Germany and in 2015 the Pessoa Prize in Portugal. An important exhibition is currently being held at the Serralves Foundation in Porto, and an exhibition “Alberto Giacometti – Rui Chafes” will be held from May at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
Exhibition from May 26 to July 08, 2023.
Approximately, four exhibitions are held each year. The gallery program has a special emphasis on international contemporary art and on the rediscovery of historical figures.
Emanuele Becheri, Michel Boulanger, Rui Chafes, José Pedro Croft, Jean Degottex, Carlo Guaita, Peter Joseph, Bernd Lohaus, Etienne-Martin, Charles Maussion, Jorge Molder, John Murphy, Pol Pierart, Susana Solano, Marthe Wéry
Galerie sélectionnée par Yves Zlotowski