Richelli

Richelli is a Brazilian-Canadian artist who lives and works in Montréal. He earned a Bachelor’s in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). In 2017, he was a finalist for the Albert-Dumouchel award for emerging printmakers, given out by Arprim. He has been part of exhibitions in Montréal, including at the Galerie de l’UQAM, Galerie Lilian Rodriguez (2017), and Paramètres XVII at Place des Arts (2018), for which he earned the Omer-DeSerres award for excellence. He is currently preparing for two research and creation residencies, which will take place this fall, at the Atelier de l’île in Val-David, and at Engramme in Québec City.


Artist Statement

Drawing on my childhood as a starting point, my reflections and work are imbued with all of the content that arises, such as cartoons and toys. Such products designed for children represent a playful portrait of our world. But in addition to entertaining, they take on significant educational functions. Hidden beneath the captivating, joyful and naive aspects of this content, we sometimes find problematic contemporary elements pertaining to representation, beauty ideals and stereotypes. With the same childish aesthetic, I situate these elements and focus on them in my work.

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