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14 artists with a green message

By: Laura Moss on Aug. 15, 2011, 1:05 p.m.
Henrique Oliveira wooden art

Photo: Henrique Oliveira

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Henrique Oliveira

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira was looking for ways to bring texture to his art when he had a breakthrough while a student at the University of São Paulo. He noticed the plywood fence outside his window had begun to deteriorate, revealing layers of color. When the fence was dismantled, Oliveira collected the wood, known as “tapumes” in Portuguese, and used it to create his first installation. His use of weathered wood to evoke the strokes of a paintbrush has become Oliveira’s trademark, and he calls his massive constructions “tridimensional” because of his art’s combination of architecture, painting and sculpture. Today, he uses scrap wood and recycled materials to create his masterpieces. (Oliveira also uses "tapumes" as a title for many of his large-scale installations, including the one pictured.)