Among the works exhibited, some date back to decades. Recent works reveal a radical renovation. Light is still an articulating element. The pictorial plane is composed of expanding color areas, made up of brush strokes that obey a concentric and radial rhythm and create surfaces that evoke or configure horizons and chromatic landscapes. The Duprat technique is the velatura, in which the color results from the superposition of layered pigments. On canvas, Duprat employs oil, while on paper he uses oil, oily pastel, watercolor and pencil.
The exhibition, which was previously shown at MUBE, Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, in São Paulo, is accompanied by the book Limites / Boundaries (2015), and a new catalog edited by BN. In the presentation text of the book, Vera Pedrosa highlights the transformation in the works of Marcos Duprat, starting from the six years of his stay in Japan, from 2000 to 2006, when his painting leaves the studio and turns to the description of nature with renewed vigor. Since 2008, Duprat has an atelier in Rio de Janeiro, and his personal collection has an expressive number of paintings, works on paper, drawings, photographs and sculptures.
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Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1944, Marcos Duprat kept a constant flow of artwork production throughout his diplomatic career. The influences of his artistic training in Rio de Janeiro and in the USA, as well as after the seven years in Europe and nine in Asia, left a clear trait in his work. Nevertheless, his visual record is unique and remains coherent. With his artistic training initiated in the MAM of Rio de Janeiro, he continued his master's degree in Fine Arts in Washington, DC, where he made his first solo exhibition in 1977. He has performed numerous solo exhibitions in Brazil, among which the MASP (1979 and 1988), the MAC (1995), the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo (2006) and the MUBE, Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (2015), in São Paulo. In Rio de Janeiro, it is worth mentioning the exhibitions at the Centro Cultural Correios (1995 and 2008), the Cultural Institute Villa Maurina (1996) and the CCBB (1999). He has also held numerous exhibitions in museums, including the Centro Culturale San Fedele in Milan (1990), the Hungarian National Museum (1993), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montevideo (1999), the Teien Metropolitan Art Museum, In Tokyo (2003), and the Sidhartha Art Foundation in Kathmandu (2013). He exhibited in galleries in Brazil and abroad and his works are in the collections of the institutions listed above, as well as in private collections.