Julião Sarmento

One of the most important artists of his generation, Sarmento has exhibited extensively since the 1970s. Julião Sarmento draws upon themes of memory, sexuality, transgression, morality, and duality.

Julião Sarmento was born in 1948 in Lisbon, Portugal, and lives and works in Estoril, Portugal. He studied painting and architecture at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts.  He is an interdisciplinary artist and throughout his career, Sarmento has worked in a wide range of media: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, video, performance, sound and installation.

The richness and complexity of Sarmento’s work lies in its system of free-floating signifiers which migrate between works and across the boundaries of medium. The use or recurring motifs such as hand gestures, parts of bodies and architectural floor plans generate a free-play of unsettling associations that refuse to settle into meaning.

Julião Sarmento represented Portugal at the 46th Venice Biennale (1997). He was included in Documenta 7 (1982) and Documenta 8 (1987), the Venice Biennale (1980 and 2001), and the São Paulo Biennale in 2002. Julião also developed several significant site-specific projects and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the world over the past five decades. His work is represented in many private and public and private collections such as Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Fundação EDP, Lisboa; Fundácion “La Caixa”, Barcelona; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; LACMA, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa; MoMA, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Collection, London; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; among others.



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