LIO MALCA is pleased to present the exhibition Joga Bonito (Play Beautifully) featuring The Chocolate Soccer Player Series by renowned artist Vik Muniz. The exhibition will take place in the New York Gallery located in Chelsea and it will be open to the public starting Thursday May 3rd.
Joga Bonito is a popular Portuguese term that means play beautifully, which Brazilians use to reference about the game of soccer. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vik Muniz depicted these players with a unique approach. Instead of using traditional materials, he produced these portraits with a creative twist: chocolate. These works were made in 2004 to celebrate FIFA’s 100th anniversary. Muniz is known in the art world for his creative appropriation and using unexpected mediums like dust, wire, thread, and chocolate that make his viewers take a second glance.
“My first motivation in making art is this negotiation with the viewer about the way we perceive the visual world. It is as if I do not trust my own eyes and have to see it through someone else’s”. -Muniz
Vik Muniz has been exhibited nationally and internationally by prominent museums, galleries and institutions. He is considered by many to be the most important contemporary Latin American artist. He arrived in New York in the mid 1980s and his first triumph was recognized in 1996 for his six small portraits of Sugar Children at Tricia Collins Contemporary Art. Another well known work is when he recreated a screenprint by Andy Warhol using peanut butter and jelly. In 2010, the documentary film “Waste Land”, directed by Lucy Walker, highlights Muniz’s work with the catadores of Rio de Janeiro. For this film, Muniz was awarded by UNESCO as a Goodwill Ambassador in 2011.
Vik Muniz currently lives and works in New York City.
“The artist only does half the work; the viewer has to come up with the rest- it is by empowering the viewer that art achieves its miraculous force.” -Muniz
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and by appointment.