Zéh Palito’s practice seeks to promote a relationship of mutual respect and pleasure between humans and the natural world, often drawing inspiration from cultures from across Africa and his home country of Brazil. The artist works across very different scales, from ambitious site-specific murals to small-scale figurative works on canvas. In parallel with his commitment to the environment, elevating, inspiring and celebrating marginalised communities and underrepresented voices is a fundamental element of his practice – an implicit suggestion that the two issues go hand in hand. His vibrant works present fantastical landscapes where humans, animals and plant-life coexist in dynamic harmony. Wide-open skies collide with fat geometric planes of colour, whilst big cats and tropical birds move through a world of vibrant foliage, houseplants and oversized fruits. Palito, choosing to represent those of Black and Indigenous heritage, depicts his figures in sync with their surroundings.
Palito’s work has been shown in museums and galleries in Brazil and further afield through both solo and group shows.