Embassy of Brazil in London presents: CAUTION FRAGILE by Siron Franco

4 – 25 October | 10:00 – 18:00 h. | Sala Brasil
Siron Franco’s new exhibition Caution Fragile is a reflection on the fragility of human relationships in the contemporary world. The show, curated by Rogerio Ghesti, is comprised of a large-scale mirror installation, cracked by transparent resin sculptures full of symbolism drawn from the artist’s imaginary.
These reflective and translucent surfaces merge with themselves and with the surrounding environment, in an almost liquid way, leading the audience to an immersion of the senses. Moreover, intricate golden nets are suspended in the air creating subtle but poignant forms and shapes, hanging from visible yet often delicate threads. In Caution FragileSiron questions why in times of increased connectivity, relationships seem to become so insubstantial – a liquid modernity where life seems to slip right through our fingers.
Siron Franco (born July 26, 1947) is a Brazilian painter, designer and sculptor. Franco spent his childhood and adolescence in Goiânia, where he took his first painting lessons. He started making a living from art at the age of 13, painting and selling portraits of the cities’ bourgeoisie. In 1965, he focused on drawings, following the unreal and grotesque sketches he had in mind. In 1968 he won the National Biennale of Bahia.
Between 1969 and 1971, he lived in São Paulo, where he frequented the studios of Bernardo Cid and Walter Lewy and was one of the members of the group that participated in the exhibition Surrealism and Fantastic Art at Seta Gallery.
In 1973, Siron Franco won the prestigious Salão Global da Primavera in Rio de Janeiro. Afterwards he spent a year living in Mexico City. After winning the International prize of the São Paulo Biennale in 1975, Siron toured Europe between 1976 and 1978 living mainly in Toledo and Madrid. In 1982, his Exhibition at Bonino Gallery was considered the best of the year in Brazil and Siron received the distinguished title of the best Brazilian Painter of 1982 by APCA, São Paulo’s Art Critics Association.
Owner of an impeccable technique, Franco gives a dramatic atmosphere to his paintings using dark, gray and brown tones. With more than 30,000 pieces created, as well as urban installations around the world, his work has been presented in more than one hundred international conferences, including the most important exhibitions and biennials. In 2012 Siron Franco’s installations at Rio +20 took the visitors’ breath away.
The focus was on the damage caused by criminal fire on the Brazilian Savannah known in Portuguese as Cerrado which is the native biome of his native State of Goias.
In 1992 Franco, who first declared his belief in Bahá’u’lláh during a live radio interview broadcast throughout Brazil, designed the Peace Monument for the Earth Summit.

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