(São Paulo / SP, 1945) José Resende's sculptural practice points toward renewal, confrontation and intensification of the poetics of relationships in the sensible world. It is a work that makes no concessions to the comfort of recognition or the subtlety of bodies that are easily assimilated by the gaze. Its material formulation carries different elements present in the urban fabric of contemporary metropolises, such as structural components and systems, the transience and anonymity of phenomena, and human relations.
He completed his studies in Architecture at Universidade Mackenzie in 1967, studied engraving at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, and took classes with Wesley Duke Lee. In 1970, he founded, alongside Carlos Fajardo, Frederico Nasser and Luiz Paulo Baravelli, the Centro de Experimentação Artística Escola Brasil, where he taught until 1974. Still in the 1970s, he edited the Malasartes magazine with other artists and critics and, in 1980, was one of the editors of the publication A Parte do Fogo. In 1984 he was awarded the John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation scholarship and, in 2003, his work was brought together in the publication José Resende, by the publishing house Cosac Naify.
He participated in dozens of group shows, among them the Bienal de São Paulo (1967, 1983, 1989 and 1998 editions); XI Biennale de Paris, France, where he received Honorable Mention (1980); Venice Biennale, Italy (1988); Documenta 9, Kassel, Germany (1992); Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century, MoMa, New York, USA; Plaza de Armas, Seville, Spain; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1992-93); 11th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (1998); 8th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011 and 2004), among others.
He had solo shows at Galeria Millan, São Paulo, SP (2015); at SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo, SP (2013); Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (1970, 1975 and 2011); Centro Cultural Maria Antônia, São Paulo, SP (2005); Centro Cultural São Paulo, SP (2003); Centro de Artes Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (1998); Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA (1995); CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (1994); Capela do Morumbi, São Paulo, SP (1992); University of Hartford, CT, USA (1991); MAC USP, São Paulo, SP (1990 and 1970); MASP, São Paulo, SP (1974), among other.