Brazilian artist Lucas Arruda's (b. 1983) landscapes and seascapes are characterized by their subtle rendition of light. Painted from memory, they are devoid of specific reference points, achieving instead their variety through the depiction of atmospheric conditions. Verging on abstraction, the compositions are grounded by an ever-present, if sometimes faint, horizon line that offers a perception of distance. Intimately sized, they appear at once familiar and imaginary. Through his often evocative and textured brushstrokes, Arruda foregrounds the materiality and physicality of paint, while also recalling his genres' historical associations with the notion of the romantic sublime.
Born in 1983 in São Paulo, Brazil, Arruda received his B.F.A. from Faculdade Santa Marcelina, São Paulo in 2009. The artist's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2018; 2016; 2014; 2012; 2010; and 2009); Éditions Cahiers d’Art, Paris (2018); Pivô, São Paulo (2015); Lulu, Mexico City (2015); Frederic Snitzer, Miami (2012); Centro Cultural São Paulo (2011); i-20 Gallery, New York (2011); and 713 Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires (2010).
The artist’s first monograph was published in 2018 by Éditions Cahiers d’Art, Paris with texts by Fernanda Brenner, Chris Sharp, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Arruda has participated in numerous international group exhibitions including New Shamans/Novos Xamãs: Brazilian Artists, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2016); Kiti Ka’aeté, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (both 2015); Os Primeiros 10 Anos, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2012); among others. In 2015, Arruda’s work was featured in the 1st International Biennal of Asunción: Cry of Liberty, Asunción, Paraguay and in 2013-2014, his work was on view as part of the 7th La Bienal 2013: Here is Where We Jump!, Museo del Barrio, New York.
The artist's work has been represented by the gallery since 2018. Arruda’s first exhibition at David Zwirner was held at the London location in 2017.
Arruda's work is included in the permanent collections of the Fondation Beyeler, Basel; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo; and Rubell Family Collection, Miami.