Periscope Gallery hosts show by Sebastião Januário

After 24 years without holding a solo exhibition, the artist exhibits new works among old works from 1970 to 2022

Sebastião Januário at his home by Zakee Kuduro

The individual exhibition of the work of Sebastião Januário entitled “Colors to Forget” proposes a (re)cognition of the artist's extensive production, in addition to provoking a reflection on how his work is understood today. Among the works exhibited are 11 unpublished paintings, which were started in the mid-70s and completed in 2022. 

Work by Abdias Nascimento made for Januário

Through the exhibition of a work made by the artist and black activist Abdias Nascimento in homage to Januário, the exhibition highlights the friendship between the artists, who had a close relationship during the 1970s.  

Recent work by Sebastião Januário

The artistic production of à Sebastião Januário is of indisputable importance for the history of Brazilian art. Currently, the artist has productions exhibited at the Instituto Inhotim, MAM-RJ (Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro) and at Ipeafro (Institute of Research and Afro-Brazilian Studies).

Work by Sebastião Januário

“Januário built a work that teaches through images, with precise language in complex scenes. Through the composition of bodies and gazes, he points out choices and refusals – affective and social – of saints, entities and ordinary people. Memories, memories and difficult life decisions are present in beauty and pain. It is the basis and foundation for many black artists, curators and collectors of yesterday and today”, says Camilla Rocha Campos, artist, researcher, professor and curator of the exhibition.


Colors to Forget – Sebastião Januário 

Date: April 2 to April 30, 2022

Location: Periscope Gallery

Address: Alameda Lorena, 1257, Casa 4 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo (Brazil)

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 19:00, Saturdays from 11:00 to 17:00 

Ticket: Free

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