Júlio Cesar Villani (Marília SP, Brazil 1956). No one can live between two continents, two countries, without being profoundly affected. Julio Villani's personality is a construct determined by a life split between São Paulo, where he grew up, and Paris, where he forged his identity as an artist. This deliberate partitioning and the way Villani has conceptualised it gives both his life and work a dynamic dimension that, consciously accepted, paradoxically emerges as a self-determined unity.

While some would feel torn or divided, Villani gathers raw material, subjecting it to a reunification process. Where others would get lost in a schizophrenic maze, the artist clears a path that, in spite of its twists and turns, always follows an obsessional gaze that seeks to penetrate the secret heart of the world. Cord, line, network, knot... Julio Villani's art is inhabited by the idea of link, of connection – and also of counterpoint, even of opposition. It is organised according to a back-and-forth movement, a coming and going, an exchange. According to the artist, whatever happens occurs in this "in-between", at the very heart of this exchange.

To grasp Julio Villani's work, we must set aside all our preconceptions, question our usual perceptual modes. We must allow ourselves to be guided by the fleeting moods of a vagabond thought, freed from dogma. The question of identity that weaves a backdrop to his approach can also be understood through his investigation of memory. Villani's style of recuperation and the form of recycling he uses when transforming discarded objects enables him to intertwine two temporal frames to inform a third that gives the resulting work its singular identity.

The difference between geology and genealogy is infinitesimal, as both present a palimpsest aspect leading to the formation of layers of space and time. Such a process feeds, embodies, and anchors Villani's art, transcending frontiers and laying the ground for the emergence of a universal language.

Ph. Piguet, « Julio Vilani : Link the world », in « Julio Villani : It's [a ga]me », Ed. Bookstorming, Paris, 2010

Main solo exhibitions
Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon-les-Bains ; Caixa Cultural, Brasilia (2012) ; Musée Zadkine, Paris (2010) ; Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2009) ; SESC Santo André, Araraquara (2007); Habitat center, New Delhi ; Gallery 32, Londres (2006) ; Maison de l'Amérique latine, Paris ; Centre d'art contemporain10neuf, Montbéliard (2005) ; Casa França-Brasil (2004) ; CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine ; Paço das Artes, Sao Paulo ; Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo (2002) ; Musée de Dieppe (1999) ; Passage de Retz, Paris ; Museu de arte, Ribeirão Preto (1998) ; Musée de Beaux-Arts, Agen (1997)

Main group exhibitions
Punto Linea Curva, Contemporaneo C.C. Borges, Buenos Aires (2011) ; Instalação Sonora 66 x 96, Paço das Artes, Sao Paulo ; Mão Dupla, Sesc Pinheiros, São Paulo (2008) ; Projections, Centre d'art contemporain10neuf, Montbéliard (2007) ; Passion et raison d'un esprit constructif : une conquête de l'art d'Amérique latine, Biarritz (2006) ; Don't call it performance, Museo del Barrio, Nova York (2004) e Centro de arte Reina Sofia, Madri (2003) ; Continental shift, Fondation Ludwig, Aachem ; City canibal, Paço das artes ; Col. Gilberto Chateaubriand, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, (2000) ; Vivre Paris, Espace Electra, Paris (1999) ; 24 Bienal de Pontevedera, Espanha (1996) ; Eles desenham como pintam, MAM, Rio de Janeiro et MAM, Salvador (1994) ; Modernidade, Museu de arte moderna, São Paulo (1988) e Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1987) ; Desenhos jovens, Museu de arte contemporânea, São Paulo (1978).


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2010 - 130x194cm - "Architecture de Liane" - oil and coal on linen
Photo: Jaime Acioli