José Bechara

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1957

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro


José Bechara began his production in the late 80's, and has worked since then in the field of painting. He develops his language in a diverse use of methods and materials, allowing us new experiences in the pictorial field. Instead of white canvas, he uses tarps marked by goods, roads, accidents and practices from a far away universe of that of the traditional painter's craft. Instead of color pigments and brushes, is the ferruginous matter eroded by time what creates its chromatic effects. In recent years, he has been carrying out sculptural works, interventions and photographs, being the issue of the house and its various implications his working object.


He graduated in Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro and started exhibiting in 1990. Selected solo shows include Culturgest de Lisboa, Portugal, MEIAC, Badajós, Spain, 5a Bienal do Mercosul de Porto Alegre, Brazil, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná-PR, Brazil, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia-BA, Brazil, 29 Panorama da Arte Brasileira no Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo-SP, Brazil, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói-RJ, Brazil, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil, Museu Vale do Rio Doce, Vitória, Haus der Kilturen der Welt - Berlim,Germany, Ludwing Forum Fur Intl Kunst - Aachen, Germany and Kunst Museum - Haeiden Hein, Germany.