Luis Bivar (Portugal)

International Artist

Luis Bivar (Portugal)

International Artist

Luís Bívar is a Portuguese contemporary figurative artist who presently lives and works in Lisbon. He was an Art Director and won the first edition of the European Design Modulex Award, while painting and exhibiting his work.
His long-term pursuit on colour and comic strips had led him to establish himself successfully in Portugal as well as in Northern Europe Asia and US. Greatly influenced by the Pop Art movement, his work reflects stereotyping in a unique manner that characterises him well.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Luís Bívar is a Portuguese contemporary figurative artist who presently lives and works in Lisbon. He was an Art Director and won the first edition of the European Design Modulex Award, while painting and exhibiting his work.
His long-term pursuit on colour and comic strips had led him to establish himself successfully in Portugal as well as in Northern Europe Asia and US. Greatly influenced by the Pop Art movement, his work reflects stereotyping in a unique manner that characterises him well.
Bivar makes a point of showing imperfection in his paintings for he believes that a work in progress should be spontaneous and that “error” is part of any artists’ expression. He believes that new media is a permanent challenge and explores various techniques in his artwork drawing, mixed media and more recently, sculpting.

Private and public collections in Lisbon include: Champalimaud Foundation, Portuguese Aids Foundation, Banco Espirito Santo and Embassy for the Republic of Angola; also in Gortex Russia and AMEX Norway. Bivar is currently working on his latest collection “Face It”.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“FACE IT” Every face tell a history, represents a series human expression, it is an ongoing expression of human behaviour, which I have been developing over the past few years.
I picked large and medium formats where one can feel free to create powerful contrast combining graffiti, collage and black and white to enhance the coloured expressions. In these series, I only used comic strips on the eyes and mouth; two important elements that define the human expression.” (Luis Bivar).

“Face It”: Comic Book Iconography Meets the Expressions In his large-scale mixed media works, Bivar focuses on the face, filling his canvases with visages captured in different expressions. “As an observer, every face tells a tale; a fantasy that may be reinvented by the spectator that does not necessarily meet my personal experiences. In his largescale mixed media works, Bivar focuses on the  face, filling his canvases with visages captured in different expressions. “As an observer, every woman tells a tale; a fantasy that may be reinvented by the spectator that does not necessarily meet my personal experiences.
In the work, Bivar creates realistic portraits in a pared-down, primary colour palette that recalls the work of Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein. And like Lichtenstein, this Contemporary Pop artist incorporates comic book iconography into his work-quite literally. Bivar uses collages of Marvel comics to add depth and interest-entire universes of imagery and meaning-to his work, intentionally allowing the artist’s hand to show in false starts and imperfections. In this series, he consciously covers only the eyes and mouths, in his words: “two important elements that define the human expression.”
-Heather Corcoran

EDUCATION

Antonio Arroio e IADE (Portugal)

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 One day at the Forest, Casa Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon PORTUGAL
2016 Recent Works, Gallery Exibhit N9, New Jersey USA
2015 Reborn, Museu Palacio do Egipto, PORTUGAL
2015 Galerie Ramfjord, Oslo NORWAY
2014 Face it 3,  Exibhit N9, New Jersey USA
2014 Galeria Elisabeth Ramford, Oslo, NORWAY
2013 Galeria Elisabeth Ramford, Oslo, NORWAY
2012 Galeria Berinice Arvani, San Paulo BRASIL
2012 Face It, Galeria Joana-Arez-workink, Cascais PORTUGAL
2011 Fundacão Champalimaud, Lisbon PORTUGAL
2010 Chiado trendi, Lisbon PORTUGAL
2009 Exposicao Fundacao Teresa Regojo, Lisbon PORTUGAL
2008 Exposicao Galeria LM, Sintra PORTUGAL
2008 Exposicao Camara Municipal das Caldas da Rainha PORTUGAL
2008 Ferin, Lisbon PORTUGAL
2007 Galeria Art Form, Estoril PORTUGAL
2007 Soc. Portuguesa de Oftalmologia PORTUGAL
2007 Campeonato Mundial de Vela, Cascais PORTUGAL
2006 Quebramar/Chrysler, Cascais PORTUGAL
2006 Museu Caves Calem, Porto PORTUGAL
2006 Exposicao Chiado 57, Lisbon PORTUGAL
2005 Galeria Art Form, Estoril PORTUGAL
2005 Quebramar/Chrysler, Cascais PORTUGAL
2005 Museu da Agua, Epal – Lisbon PORTUGAL
2003 Galeria Art Form, Estoril PORTUGAL
2002 Quebramar/Chrysler, Cascais PORTUGAL
2001 Galeria La Villa, Estoril PORTUGAL
2000 Galeria La Villa, Estoril PORTUGAL
1998 Museu do Brinquedo, Sintra PORTUGAL
1997 Galeria La Villa, Estoril PORTUGAL
1996 Galeria Janela Verde, Lisbon PORTUGAL
1998 Museu do Brinquedo, Sintra PORTUGAL
1997 Galeria La Villa, Estoril PORTUGAL
1996 Galeria Janela Verde, Lisbon PORTUGAL

AWARDS

Modulex, finalist

ARTIST RESIDENCY

2016 ESKFF -Eillen Kaminski Family Fundation USA

ART FAIRS

2016 SCOPE Miami USA
2015 SCOPE Miami USA
2015 Asia Contemporary Art Show HONG KONG
2015 Artcopenhagen, Copenhagen DENMARK
2015 Mostra PORTUGAL
2014 Asia Contemporary Art Show HONG KONG
2014 SCOPE Miami USA
2014 Artcopenhagen, Copenhagen DENMARK
2013 SCOPE Miami USA
2013 Asia Contemporary Art Show HONG KONG
2013 Art Copenhagen Art Fair, Copenhagen DENMARK

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

EPAL, Espírito Santo Saúde, Charcas Resort,HOTEL Quinta da Marinha, Peugeot Portugal, Opel, Quebramar, General Electrics Portugal, Museu do Brinquedo, Grupo Regojo, Grotex St Petersburg, Smartek, Champalimaud Foundation, Aids Foundation, ESKFF -Eillen Kaminski Family Foundation.

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