b. São Paulo, 1971 | lives and works in São Paulo
Erika Verzutti’s drawings, paintings, and sculptures represent the denizens of alternative worlds located somewhere between the real and the fantastic. Tropical plants occupy an especially privileged position in the Brazilian artist’s iconography. Formed from bronze casts of bananas, pomegranates, and other fruits, and inhabiting an ambiguous space between representation and abstraction, Painted Lady (2012) has an uncanny anthropomorphic quality. In Venus on Fire (2013), organic forms are endowed with allusions to archeology and ethnography, and given a fertile erotic charge.