May 11, 2017, 2 PM
Many thanks to the gallery director Mathias Siebert introducing our participants to the program of DELMES & ZANDER and guiding us through the exhibition by JESUYS CRYSTIANO.
Exhibition Dates: April 28 – June 10, 2017
Location: Delmes & Zander | Berlin
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 6 PM
Address: Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 37, 10178 Berlin
“On the occasion of this year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin, Delmes & Zander presents works by Brasilian artist Jesuys Crystiano. The entire Crystiano-estate has been with the gallery since 2016 and will be shown in Berlin for the first time.
There is much uncertainty surrounding the biography of the artist Jesuys Crystiano. Even the year of his birth was arbitrarily established by the court as 1950. It is likely that Crystiano grew up in Buerarema in the state of Bahia / Brazil and that he went to school there. He probably spent his youth in Rio de Janeiro.
His life and work are only documented after 2010, at which time he was living on the streets of Ilheus (Bahia) and taken care of by neighbors. How Crystiano ended up here till remains unclear. It was then that a German hotel owner who lived in the area first caught sight of his monumental wall drawings in abandoned buildings. From then on he continuously supported and documented Crystiano’s artistic output and took him in until Crystiano’s death in 2015.
Hundreds of coals and pencil drawings, some of them in large format, collages, objects and notebooks were produced during this period. In his drawings he invents surreal worlds which he puts on paper with an secure and dynamic trace. Airplanes, crowned vultures, fish, umbrellas, upside-down chairs and tables, as well as uprooted tree trunks are the recurring subjects of his drawings.” (Text by courtesy of Delmes & Zander)
More information on the DELMES & ZANDER Website.