Ivan Ferreira Serpa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1923 - idem 1973). Painter, engraver, designer and professor Ivan studied engraving and design with Axl Leskoschek from 1946 to 1948 in Rio de Janeiro. In 1949, he taught his first classes at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ), where, beginning in 1952, he became a regular teacher, focusing on elementary-aged children. In 1954, he published the book Crescimento e Criação [Growth and Creation], with text by Mário Pedrosa, on his experience teaching art to children. In the same year, together with Ferreira Gullar and Mário Pedrosa, he created the Grupo Frente [Front Group], also including Franz Weissmann, Lygia Clark, Aluísio Carvão, Hélio Oiticica, Décio Vieira and Lygia Pape. He remained a leader of the group until its dissolution in 1956. Despite the group's freedom with respect to aesthetic views, concretist artists predominated. In 1957 he received the National Modern Art Salon (SNAM) prize of a trip abroad. He participated in the Opinião 65 exhibition, an event that marked the spread of a new figurative art called neofiguration. Ivan Serpa's work has oscillated between figurativism and concrete art since the start of his career. In 1970, he founded the Art Research Center in Rio de Janeiro together with Bruno Tausz.


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1966 - 18x19cm - 3.4.66 - oil on canvas
Photo: Jaime Acioli