(São Paulo, Brazil, 1979)
Through an often subversive and informal practice, Marcelo Cicade questions the ideals of modernist architecture, appropriates urban spaces, and, by means of various aesthetic operations, invents new idioms, constructing fresh and surprising spaces.
The intimate bond that, for Cidade, holds together art and life authorizes the artist to explore the continual oscillating flow between the social and the personal sphere. Comparing established social relations and values, Cidade creates works that express complex social conflicts and brings signs and situations from the street into art-specific spaces. The artist’s work emphasizes an encounter between art and society, without neglecting the discussion of language.
One of Cidade’s interests is the public space generated in the urban and technological flux of the surveillance society. The city is the privileged site of events, and it is here that the artist looks for his work materials. Streets, walls, flyovers, squares, and shutters are a challenge for his gaze.
He currently lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.