João Gabriel is a Portuguese Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1992. Licenciatura e Mestrado em Artes Plásticas, ESAD, Caldas da Rainha (PT) 2016.
Their work is currently being shown at The Ryder, Madrid. Numerous key galleries and museums such as Mind Set Art Center have featured João Gabriel’s work in the past.
His most striking works are ethereal male nudes suspended in moments of intimacy, which, although absent of sex, depict tender encounters: a kiss, an embrace, or something in between.
Gabriel’s recent work takes as a point of departure, vintage gay porn movies of the 1970s, at a time pre-AIDS and indeed golden era for gay erotica and publishing between the 1950s and 1970s where such material were circulated in an increasingly flexible legal environment. His works are suggestive but go beyond the act of representation itself and contribute to queer and homoerotic narratives in contemporary painting today. The 1970s marks an important decade for histories of gay/lesbian/queer cultural politics as it was the period between the birth of the gay rights movement in the 1960s, and the impact of HIV/AIDS that followed in the 1980s. In many countries across Europe and in the United States, this was a time of marked by an increasing yet tentative public visibility for queer culture accompanied by flourishing subcultural spaces, interactions and an outpouring of art, film, and literature. The spread of HIV/AIDS across the globe in the decade that followed, however, stymied many of these developments.
Gabriel, by drawing on gay erotica in his paintings, challenges the pervasive link between heterosexuality and masculinity, flipping stereotypes of what ‘gay’ should look like, whilst also offering the viewer a return to places, histories and visions of the past that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. Here, Gabriel unpacks his multi-layered process and its connection to queer history.
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