Andrey Zignnatto

Brazil 1981

Installation, Sculpture, Photography

Andrey Zignnatto
Andrey Zignnatto
April 14, 2016

Andrey Zignnatto explores the ideas of time and place in a physical world in which man coexists with nature. Being surrounded by nature-given objects, man shapes the space around him with artificial objects that bring geometry and proportion to the visible world. First comes the idea, then the realization, and between those two phases came the intention, the projection, and the vision. Zignnatto investigates the origin of material and how it can be manipulated in the process of creation. Choosing large-scale sculptures and installations, he escapes the claustrophobic restriction of the studio and photographs them in their non-natural habitat.

Andrey Zignnatto - Erosões #1, 2013
Andrey Zignnatto – Erosões #1, 2013

Finding Balance in Coexistence with the Nature

The artist searches for the architectural soul of the brick. This constitutive element was made by man, and the clay was made by nature. Everything has its own maker, and the space that we share with the natural world has been constantly reshaped by both natural and artificial forces. The key to finding balance in this coexistence lies in mindfulness. Being fully aware of every step in the creation process, Zignnatto takes into account the brick and ceramics factories, how the manual and industrial labor affects the workers, what bricks can be used for and how our constructions fabricate the reality. The brick a symbol of possibility and the artist insists that it should not be reduced to just one property.

Everything has its own maker, and the space that we share with the natural world has been constantly reshaped

Andrey Zignnatto - Erosões #5 (detail), 2013
Andrey Zignnatto – Erosões #5 (detail), 2013

Exposing the Aesthetic Place of Creation

Andrey Zignnatto was born in Sao Paolo. He is a self-taught artist. He worked as a teacher at Association of Plastic Artists of Jundiaí from 1999 to 2001, where he previously attended several workshops and courses. He is a president and founder of the Menorah Cultural Association. Each of Zignnatto’s pieces has been installed with consideration of the events that occurred previously. For example, when he photographs his installation, there is a need to show how the bricks were made in factories and how they fit into his sculpture. All of these occurrences are interlinked together, and the artist feels obliged to show that there was the aesthetic place of creation, before his work came to the aesthetic space of formation.

Evolution by Choice

A collection of bricks is a landscape in space, and Andrey Zignnatto experiments with material possibilities to extract different ideas from the production. He made his studio inside the pottery shop and inspired by daily communication with workers, he made his Territórios Forjados project in which he showed the geometric appeal of all the city architecture. His goal was to induce the wonder and speculation in the viewer, so everyone could become mindful of the cities they live. Human beings are reshaping the physical world in order to live more comfortably, but unlike nature, they induce evolution much faster. The result is a social and cultural revolution that reconstructs the world.

The artist is represented by Fabien Castanier Gallery

Andrey Zignnatto lives and works in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

All images used for illustrative purpose only © Andrey Zignnatto

Featured image Andrey Zignnatto – Portrait of the artist, photo credits Estadao

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Territorios Forjados #1Estudos Para Novas Propostas De InterpretacaoSolo
2015Do Espaco FisicoFunarte SP, Sala Mario Schemberg, Sao PaoloSolo
2015Territorios Forjados #2Temporada de Exposicoes Paco das Artes, Sao PauloSolo
2015Territorios Forjados #3Museu Historico e Cultural de Jundiai, BrazilSolo
2015Governo do EstadoSao PauloSolo
2015DeslocamentosBlau Projects Galeria de Arte, Sao PauloSolo
2015Canterio De ObrasGaleria Fernanda Perracini Milani, Jundiai, Sao PauloSolo
2015Quanto Eu Piso Em Folhas SecasTorre Santander, Sao PauloGroup
2015Cidade InquietaSESC Rio Preto, Sao PauloGroup
2015Metaforas ConstruidasLa Cometa Galeria de Arte, Bogota, ColombiaGroup
2015FiccoesCaixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro, Rio de JaneiroGroup
2015Intervencoes Urbanas Bradesco ArtRioMuseu da Republica, Rio de JanerioGroup
2015Norte - Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo PLECTO, projeto paralelo do MED15Museo de Antioquia, Medelin, ColombiaGroup
2015Nao Vale TrapacearGrupo de Estudos da Escola Entropica, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao PauloGroup
2015Entre-MeiosAtelie Plano, Sao PauloGroup
2014Umbrella18 Festival Cultur a Inglesa, Britsh Culture Centre, Sao PauloSolo
2014ContaminacoesGaleria Fernanda Milani, Edital Teatro Municipal de Jundiai, Sao PauloSolo
201446 Salao Nacional de Arte Contemporanea de PiracicabaSao PauloGroup
201421 Salao Nacional de Praia GrandeSao PauloGroup
2014O Saber da LinhaPinta London Art Fair, London, UKGroup
2014Premio Arte e PatrimonioCentro Cultural Paco Imperial, Rio de JanerioGroup
2014Summer ProjectFL Gallery, Milano, ItalyGroup
2014Entre #2Galeria Portas Vilaseca, Rio de JanerioGroup
201439 Salao Nacional de Arte ContemporaneaMuseu de Arte de Ribeirao Preto, Sao PauloGroup
201411 Salao Nacional Elke HeringBlumenau, Santa Catarina, BrazilGroup
2014Programa de ExposicoesMuseu de Arte de Ribeirao Preto, Sao PauloGroup
2014NovissimosGaleria IBEU, Rio de JaneiroGroup
2014Vamos Refazer o MundoGaleria Luiz Fernando Landeiro, Salvador, BrazilGroup
2013Under ConstructionMuseu de Arte de Goiania, MAG, Goiania, BrazilSolo
2013Under ConstructionGaleria Fernanda Milani, edital Teatro Municipal de Jundiai, BrazilSolo
201345 Salao Nacional de Arte Contemporanea de PiracicabaSao PauloGroup
20134 Salao Nacional de CeramicaCuritiba, Puerto RicoGroup
2013SurpriseLeilao Atelie 397, Sao Paulo, Sao PauloGroup
201313 Salao Nacional de Artes de ItajaiSeychellesGroup
20132 Arte LondrinaPuerto RicoGroup
201320 Salao Nacional de ArteContemporanea de Praia Grande, Sao PauloGroup
201312 Salao Latino AmericanoMuseu de Arte de Santa Maria, RS, BrazilGroup
201211 Bienal do Reconcavo BaianoSao Felix, Salvador, BahiaGroup
2012Salao Nacional de Artes Visuais de VinhedoSao PauloGroup
2012ASC Main OficceSC Studios Streatham Hill, London, EnglandGroup
2012International ExibitionMusee d’art de Joietle- Quebec, CanadaGroup
2012Human Nature and TecnologyBudapest Museum, HungaryGroup
2010VertigemCentro das Industrias do Estado de Spain, CIESP, SpainSolo
2009ImagemGaleria de Exposicoes, Centro das Artes de Jundiai, Sao PauloSolo
200817 Encontro de Artes Visuais de AtibaiaSao PauloGroup
2007Mostra Historica de 35 anos da Ass. Dos Artistas Plasticos de Jundiai Complexo CulturalArgos, Jundiai, Sao PauloGroup
2006Salao Nacional de Artes Visuais de VinhedoSao PauloGroup
200510 Salao Nacional de Arte Contemporanea de SBCSao PauloGroup
2004Salao Nacional de Artes Visuais de VinhedoSao PauloGroup
2002Marilyn MonroeGallery Study, Naples, ItalyGroup
200113 Salao Nacional de Arte ContemporaneaPraia Grande, Sao PauloGroup
2001Money, Money, MoneyKaos Gallery, SpainGroup
2001International ExibitionCentro Cultural de La Plata, ArgentinaGroup