Lives & Works in São Paulo, Brazil
Victor Henrique Fidelis is a visual artist hailing from São Paulo, Brazil. He graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo but is largely self-taught in the realm of art. Fidelis has been honing his artistic language since the age of 15, initially exploring various drawing techniques such as graphite, coloured pencils, ballpoint and hydrographic pens. However, his current main technique is acrylic paint.
Fidelis’ works centre the Afro-Brazilian body, situating it in the context of freedom of expression and self-love, as well as the need to increase Black-Brazilian visibility and representation in the historical and contemporary Brazilian art scenes. In his words: “portraying Black bodies is an exercise of self-knowledge. The faces and shapes drawn show my closest references from the memory of the bodies that surround me. To understand what makes us a group, the possibilities and variet[y] among such forms, the textures, colours, peculiarities and common features is to reflect what narratives were imposed on us, so that new places can be created”.
Victor Fidelis will be presented by Asfalto.