1969, Rio de Janeiro, lives and works in Paris and Rio
Impassive, beautiful, and damaged, Andre Niemeyer's mug shot type paintings of young men situates a province of ambiguity in his subjects. The rendering of the masculine icon as both androgynous and vulnerable engages a politics of sexuality, that betrays the trap of persona construction. The expressionless subject evokes a multivalent condition that manifests as a mixture of celebration and critique.
Niemeyer uses desire to beguile judgement and in so doing leaves us with questions. Are they victims of abuse or victims of their own narcissistic invincibility? Heroic yet delicate, the duality reveals the ineluctable vulnerability of youth and the fragility of romanticized masculinity. The homoerotic element in the presentation of boys as innocence lost is inextricably linked to the problem of identity.
Showing the boys as a dissimilar yet homogenous group Niemeyer uses the idea of the collective identity as a vehicle to transmit the dilemma of the individual, caught inside and outside of society. The almost arrogant passport-photo pathos in each of the faces deliberately conceals an individual story and belies the fact that each is alone. …Read More
1991 Faculdade da Cidade - Rio de Janeiro 1991 National Centre for Industrial and Textile Technology - Rio de Janeiro 1992 Fashion designer and colourist for textiles - Sao Paulo 1993 Tour around Europe 1994 Moves to London 1995 Fashion Institute of Technology - NYC 1995 Invited by Mrs Wilson for a master program at Central St. Martin - London 1996 Works with the duo Clements Ribeiro, London 1997 Parque Lage School of Art - Rio de Janeiro 1997 Shows at the Arte Contemporanea Gallery - Rio de Janeiro 1997 Monica Filgueiras Gallery - So Paulo 1998 Moves to Paris 1999 Trip to Berlin and Prague 1999 Paint a 50m2 backdrop for the Elise Montmartre, Paris 2002 Illustrations for TETU magazine - Paris 2002 Collaboration with Greek artist Desmothenes Dawetas - Galerie Patricia Dorfmann - Paris 2003 Exhibition ANIMA - WOCHDOM Gallery - Paris 2003 Exibition Behind the Gloss - Favela Chic - Paris 2004 Salon " Les Inattendus" - Paris 2004 Group show - IVY galley Paris 2005 Group show New York Genaration NYC 2005 Group show Garde Vous - Paris 2005 Solo show Vues de Face Le Bouclard Gallery Paris 2006 Illustrations for KEY magazine Sao Paulo 2007 Group show RAW - Paris 2009 solo show - Paris 2009 "I pray daily for Michael" collective - Galerie Chappe - Paris 2010 "A vida at parece uma festa" - Galeria Mezanino, Sao Paulo,…Read More