Hélio Oiticica

Hélio OITICICA (1937-1980, Rio de Janeiro), was the son of an entomologist who was also a photographer and painter, and the grandson of a philologist and anarchist leader. Although well-known in Brazil, Oiticica has only gradually come to be recognized internationally as one of the most profound and adventurous artists of recent times.
Oiticica was an essential protagonist in the development of installation art and his career charts a lifetime of artistic experimentation. In spite of Oiticica's seminal work as a painter, sculptor and installation artist avant la lettre, filmmaking and expanding the limits of cinema were of great interest to his restless and polyvalent mind. In 1968 he appeared in Cancer, a film by the Brazilian cinema novo luminary Glauber Rocha, whose work was much admired by Buñuel.