Saint Clair Cemin at Bolsa de Arte de Porto Alegre
Sculptor and painter Saint Clair Cemin was born in the small, rural city of Cruz Alta in the south of Brazil in 1951. At the age of 18, he moved to São Paulo where his interest in art was cemented and he began experimenting with surrealistic illustrations. He studied at the École Nationale Superiere des Beaux Arts in Paris and, in 1978, his wanderlust took him to New York, Egypt and Bali before he settled in Brooklyn. His sculptures draw inspiration from both his studies and travels, paying a contemporary homage to sculptors before him and referencing global cultures while employing a wide range of materials from stainless steel and bronze to ceramics and marble. Cemin’s 2012 sculpture And Then (I Shut My Eyes), constructed in both bronze and lacquered carbon fibre, is reminiscent of a figure meditating, or what Cemin calls ‘an imperfect Buddha’.
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