Christina Oiticica

Christina Oiticica

Article about the book Contando a Arte de Christina Oiticica (About the Art of Christina Oiticica) in Brazilian magazine Caras, 18 November 2011. 

Christina Oiticica: Biografia Artística – Regina Casé e Estevão Ciavatta aprovam livro sobre a pintora
Christina Oiticica: Artistic Biography – Regina Casé and Estevão Ciavatta approve book about the painter

Pintora Christina Oiticica e um novo desafio | Painter Christina Oiticica has a new challenge

Article in Brazilian magazine Caras about Christina’s illustrations for the children’s book “Léo no Mundo do Espelho” (Leo in the Mirror World). Her illustrations were created while in the Pyrenees, Paris, Spain and Rio de Janeiro. As Christina says “the book has the face of many places”.

Undated text “A Arte Desentranhada” by Marcos Castrioto de Azambuja.

“Ripped Art”
Christina’s work is more than created, it is rigorously disentangled.
In the same way that the artist’s work emerges from its depths, Christina Oiticica’s work, or at least a part of it, returns to earth and is recuperated afterwards, following an “incubation” period being buried.
Nature becomes Christina’s partner, and each work is somehow given a fingerprint of nature itself.
The partnership between artist and nature is powerful. The results are surprising. It is as if the arbitrary hand of the elements completed the artist’s original intention, bringing to the work a special density and uniqueness.
Christina Oiticica, in digging up her works, must be surprised at what nature’s invisible hand has done with her original designs.
The end result of this extraordinary partnership is a literally inimitable art because in each case the waters, the winds, and the mysteries of the stones and earth interacted uniquely on the created matter.
Marcos Castrioto of Azambuja

Press release “The Four Seasons – Nature and the Artist Holding Hands”.

Story/exhibition catalogue of Christina’s 2002-2004 project As Quatro Estaçoes | The Four Seasons, published on the occasion of the exhibition “As Quatro Estaçoes” at the Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, December 2004.

 

Text by Raul Córdula. Both the original Portuguese version and the English translation can be downloaded below. 

 

▸ Christina Oiticica: Entre a própria alma e o ventre sagrado da terra (downloadable below)

▸ Interview with Christina Oiticica (downloadable below)

Fábio Farah, iG São Paulo/Brazil

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Interview by Tina Horvat with Christina in “Ona” (She), a supplement of the Delo newspaper in Slovenia. 

“Paulo je zdaj veliko boljši ĉlovek, kot je bil – Paulo is now a much better man than he was.”

The interview can be downloaded as a pdf below. 

News item by Marcos Maynart, Chiques magazine (Brasil), 12 December 2003. 

 

PAULO COELHO — EM NOME DA ARTE

Ele ajuda Christina Oiticica o trabalho

Com uma pá nas mãos. Assim foi flagrado, recentemente, o escritor Paulo Coelho. Engana-se, porem, quem pensa que a experiência tem a ver com seu próximo romance. Marido atencioso e prestativo, ele cavou buracos para que sua mulher, Christina Oiticica, entrasse mais de 70 telas. A exótica técnica faz parte de um dos recursos que a pintora adotou para a exposição As Quatro Estações, inaugurada na terça, dia 9, na Galeria Mesnua, em Ljubljana, na Eslovenia.

 

A artista plástica se preparou durante um ano para a ova empreitada. Além de cobrir os quadros com terra, ela também amarrou alguns em troncos de árvores, deixando, assim, que a natureza interagisse e finalizasse suas peças. Sem data de chegar ao Brasil, a mostra passará primeiramente por Paris, Roma, Londres e Estados Unidos. Ainda na Eslovênia, Christina instalou a exposição Caminhos Recolhidos, na sexta, 5, na Galeria Rubnica Valley. A brasileira participa também de uma exposição fotográfica virtual no site de Casa França-Brasil, que pode ser acessada até 31 de dezembro.

 

PAULO COELHO – IN THE NAME OF ART

He helps Christina Oiticica work

With a shovel in his hands. Thus was recently caught the writer Paulo Coelho. But whoever thinks the experience has to do with his next novel is wrong. Attentive and helpful husband, he dug holes for his wife, Christina Oiticica, to bury over than 70 canvases. The exotic technique is part of one of the features that the painter adopted for the exhibition The Four Seasons, inaugurated on Tuesday, 9 December, at the Mesnua Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

The artist worked for a year on this new venture. In addition to covering the paintings with earth, she also tied some to tree trunks, thus allowing nature to interact and finalize her pieces. With no date to arrive in Brazil, the show will first pass through Paris, Rome, London and the United States. Still in Slovenia, Christina installed the Caminhos Recolhidos exhibition on Friday 5 December at the Gallery Rubnica Valley. The Brazilian also participates in a virtual photographic exhibition on the Casa França-Brasil website, which can be accessed until 31 December.

News item by Ancelmo Gois referring to Christina’s 2003 exhibition “Os Quatro Estações” in “O Globo” (Brasil), 5 December 2003.

 

ESTE AÍ é o bruxo Paulo Coelho no papel não de escavador de coisas misteriosas, mas, acredite, no de marido diligente. É que a mulher do seu, do meu, de nosso escritor boa-praça, a artista plástica Christina Oiticica, desenvolveu uma técnica, digamos, mística para produzir os quadros da exposição “As quatro estações”, que inaugura em Ljubljana, na Eslovênia, dia 9 agora. As obras, depois de prontas, foram enterradas ou amarradas em árvores para que “a natureza interagisse e as finalizasse”. E aí coube ao bom Paulo a tarefa de desencavá-las (coitado, foram 70 buracos…). Sem data ainda no Brasil, a mostra vai passar por Paris, Roma Londres e EUA.

 

This is the wizard Paulo Coelho, not acting as the excavator of mysterious items but rather being a diligent husband. This is because the wife of our well-behaved writer, the artist Christina Oiticica, developed a technique, say, mystical to produce the paintings for the exhibition “The Four Seasons”, which opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 9 December. Once completed, the works were buried or tied to trees so “nature would interact and finalize them.” And then it was up to Paulo to dig them up (poor man, there were 70 holes to dig). No date has been set yet for Brazil, the exhibition will go to Paris, Rome London and the USA.

Press clipping referring to Christina’s 2002 exhibition “Caminhos Recolhidos” in the Brazilian magazine Quem Acontece, October 2002.

A ARTE DA MULHER DE PAULO COELHO

Christina Oiticica, casada com o escritor Paulo Coelho, e uma respeitada artista plástica e prepara a abertura de sua mais nova exposição, Caminhos Recolhidos, dia 10, no Rio. Antes, a mostra passou por galerias da Bélgica, Alemanha e Franca. Aclamada pela critica internacional e pelo publico – uma de suas clientes preferidas e a imperatriz Farah Diba – Christina renovou o acervo para a exposição carioca. Em dezembro, a artista segue para o Oscar Wilde House/Museum, em Dublin, na Irlanda, onde fará uma homenagem ao famoso escritor irlandês.

Press clipping in the Belgian newspaper L’Echo referring to Christina’s 2001 exhibition “Parcours Recoltes” at La Petite Galerie, Brussels/Belgium. Curator: Liliane Laroche

Installations, chemin de fer et coeurs brésiliens
Christina Oiticica – Le délire en rouge

Elle est Brésilienne et  – au vu des couleurs qui on sa préférence – cela n’étonnera personne!
Son oeuvre, exposée à Bruxelles pour la première fois, est un véritable carnaval de Rio fait d’images délirantes, d’oiseaux extravagants, de fleurs folles, de rythmes endiablés, d’excès, dignes des cariocas les plus enflammés!
Quand on vous dira que l’artiste est aussi l’épouse de Paolo [sic] Coelho, le romancier << alchimiste>>, on comprendra la fougue de la dame.
<< Christine ne montre pas seulement une toile, explique son écrivain de mari, elle montre un morceau de chacune de nos vies, en se servant de ses couleurs et de son âme. >>
Elle a conçu son actuel parcours artistique (parce qu’il y en a eu d’autres) au départ de cartes magnétiques. Cartes de crédit, télécartes, cartes d’embarquement glanées au fil des jours et des circonstances.
Elle les a utilisées, multipliées, mise en scène en poursuivant les fantasmes qui sont les siens. Très croyante, à la limite du mysticisme, elle nous livre une éclaboussante symphonie de rouges, de bouches et de coeurs toujours recommencée.
Ses oeuvres – tantôt huiles sur toiles, tantôt techniques mixtes, tantôt coussins ou objets – portent noms: << pluies de roses >>, << coeur de lumière>>, << bouche de jaspe avec cordon chromé et perles>>, << coeur de quartz avec barbelés>>…
C’est assez, n’en jetez plus!
Malgré la similitude des thèmes, chaque oeuvre est différente.
Des textes dans toutes le langues, du chinois au persan, de l’espagnol au portugais, strient les toiles. Ils sont parfois << croisés >> avec des textes de Paolo Coelho. De petits coeurs em fils d’or les habillent. Du tulle, des bandes de dentelles les parcourent. Parfois une puce électronique vient nous rappeler son message silencieux.
Depuis 1980, Christina Oiticica a un peu exposé en Europe, beaucoup exposé en Amérique du Sud où sa sensibilité débordante doit immanquablement << coller >> à l’esprit des lieux plus qu’elle ne le ferait sur notre Vieux Continent devenu terne à force de se regarder le nombril. Cela sent la passion, la déraison la violence des sentiments…
Reste qu’on ne peut nier une certaine poésie à ces débordements pseudo-métaphysiques qui ne font pas dans la nuance, mais confèrent en Rouge en tant que tel une réalité symbolique et fascinante.
(La Petite Galerie, 1 rue de Livourne (place Stéphanie).Jusqu’au 28 octobre. Du mardi au samedi de 14 h 30 à 18 h 30. Dimanche de 11 h à 13 h). 

“Remake” of Christina’s 2010 children’s book A Nuvem e A Duna, by pupils of year 3 of the Solar Meninos de Luz institute in Rio de Janeiro, a charitable institute that is very dear to Christina and Paulo’s hearts.

Introduction to Christina’ 1998 exhibition “O Ponto e O Circulo” (The Point and The Circle) by Radha Abramo, International Association of Art Critics.

Dated: 6 August 1998

Undated text about Christina by Brazilian art critic, Raul Córdula

Undated text about Christina by Brazilian art critic, Raul Córdula

Press release about Christina’s exhibition Le Quattro Stagioni | The Four Seasons,  Galeria Candido Portinari, Rome, Italy

Introduction to Christina’s 2004 exhibition Le Quattro Stagioni | The Four Seasons, Galeria Candido Portinari, Rome, Italy.

Curators: Fátima Alegria, Lucrécia Vinhaes et Risoleta Cordola

Introduction to Christina’s 2003 exhibition “Sinais” (Signs) by curator Andre Couto.

Background information for Christina’s exhibition “Parcours, Recoltes”, Paris, France, 2001

Press release issued for Christina’s exhibition “Parcours, Recoltes” at the Brazilian Embassy in Berlin, Germany in November 2001.

Interview with Spanish magazine “Woman”

Children’s book “A Nuvem e a Duna” – “The Cloud and the Dune”.

A children’s book story about love and friendship, told through the beautiful illustrations of Christina. It was the first illustrated book in her career and inspired on a traditional Spanish tale, adapted by Paulo Coelho in his book Like The Flowing River (2005). It tells of a young cloud born in the middle of a great storm in the Mediterranean Sea, and dragged out towards Africa by the strong winds. There the young cloud meets a sand dune and a great friendship is born.

The book was launched in April 2010.

Launch of the children’s book “Leo no Mundo do Espelho” – “Leo in the Mirror World”, by author Patricia Carneiro de Luna and illustrated by Christina.

 

 

 

Christina’s drawings for the book

The story of Christina Oiticica and her art, published by Editora Noovha America/Brasil in the series “Contando a Arte” (About the Art) in 2011. The author is Patrícia de Luna who also wrote the book “Leo No Mundo do Espelho” (Leo in the World of Mirrors) which was illustrated by Christina.

ISBN 978-85-7673-252-5

 

Press release Laufen about the 2018 Impressoẽs exhibition at the Brasilea Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, in which Christina was a participating artist.


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