Gute Brandão was born in Belo-Horizonte, Brazil. His creativity was manifested at a young age with his early works in Wood, Metal and Weaving. As a self-taught artist, his works show that the creations of an untrained artist cannot be separated by quality, impact or formal beauty from the mainstream of artistic achievement.

 

Remove from your mind all obvious questions: What are the materials he is using to create his Art? Which is more important to him, form or content? What is beauty? Is there beauty? What are the cannons of composition? Only ready yourself to look, in order to gain some understanding of what you see. See, to understand, not to look empirically and satisfy urges to identify materials and forms.It is by far, more important to see beyond superficial constructs like a face, or a hand and see what a face or a hand may simbolize. Remove all those standards of looking, understanding, which serve to restrain the imagination and disallow learning. The walk from one object to the next will demand that you leave what you know behind and look again at your beliefs and your selves. Look to see the tranformations of material: paint, dirt, color, line, metal, wax, stone, etc. What do those tranformations represent, to you, to him?

 

The work reaches back into our past when as a children we saw things with a readiness and willingness to understand. This is evident in the rawness and sincerity of the Art. Gute Brandão is unafraid to take you on a ride of unprecedented dimensions from despair to the ecstasy of laughter. He creates with a freshness concerned only with expressing his feelings as a Brazilian living and coping in this country. 

 

                                          Laugh a lot, think a lot, and see. 


 

Full and overflowing, rhythmic like the one that acts moved by musical spirit, Gute Brandão translates in his works a critical vision of the life of his own and that of those around him. 


His art bursts forth with refreshing brilliance and energy. In fact, his work is surprisingly reminiscent of the great COBRA movement of the late forties and early fifties. Like the European Artists who began COBRA, Gute seeks to return to the wholesome sincerity and spontaneity found in children's art. Whereas COBRA members sought a retreat from the atrocities of World War II, Gute seeks a similar haven from the bewildering and often hypocritical cultural conventions of the modern world.

 

Also, like the work of a child, Brandao's work lacks the sour taste often found in protest or political art. Brandao takes viewers by the hand, so to speak, and pulls them through a world of uplifting, raw art, keeping them from falling into the chaotic darkness found in the depths below. Since 1990 his works have been exhibited  in the broad Washington, D.C. area in both solo and group shows. He also regularly shows his works in Chicago, Paris, Brazil, New York where he lives and keeps a studio in Brooklyn.

Exhibitions

SOLO SHOWS

2016 Roots Cafe - Embroideries/Drawings , Brooklyn,NY,USA

2014 Zarts Studio - Paintings, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2013 Virginia Center for Latin American Art - Drawings,Richmond,Virginia,USA

2013 Artisphere - Embroideries, Arlington, Virginia,USA

2010 U-Topia Bar Gallery - Paintings, Washington,D.C. USA
2009 Rumbero's Art Gallery - Drawings ,Washington, D.C. USA
2008 Open Studio - Paraiso - Paintings and Drawings, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2007 Bossa Lounge Gallery - Paintings and Drawings,Washington, D.C. USA
2006 The - Gallery - Paintings and Drawings , Richmond, VA USA
2000 The Barn Gallery - Paintings and Drawings Washington, D.C. USA
1998 Zaruba Gallery - Paintings and Drawings, Rockville, Maryland USA
1997 Sheraton Hotel - Paintings and Drawings, Alexandria, VA USA
1996 U-Topia Bar Gallery - Paintings and Drawings, Washington,D.C. USA
1994 Samba Cafe - Paintings and Drawings, Bethesda, Maryland USA
1994 Moscoso Gallery - Paintings and Drawings, Washington, D.C. USA
1993 Skewer's Bar Gallery - Paintings and Drawings, Washington, D.C. USA
1988 Otto Cirne Gallery - Paintings and Drawings, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1988 Seven's Gallery - Paintings, Montes Claros, Brazil
1986 Drozophila Gallery - Objects and Drawings, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1983 Center of Arts - Tapestries, Montes Claros, Brazil
1982 Otto Cirne Gallery - Tapestries and Objects, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1982 Centro Cultural Hermes de Paula - Tapestries, Montes Claros, Brazil

SELECTED GROUP SHOW

 

2015 Halmi Kaffe Gallery - Paintings and Prints, Kosice,Slovakia

2015 Trashart Gallery - Prints , Vienna, Austria

2014 MoMA PS1 - Art Amnesty Show -  Drawings, Long Island City,NY,USA

2013 DCAC (District of Columbia Art Center) Drawings,Washington, D.C. USA

2012 Still Point Art Gallery - Drawings, Brunswick,Maine,USA

2012 Hillyer Art Space - Drawings , Washington,D.C. USA

2011 PASS - Paintings and Sculpture Studio - Paintings, Washington,D.C. USA
2010 Espace Pierre Cardin - Drawings , Paris,France
2009 Maryland Art Place - MAP - Drawings,Baltimore, MD. USA
2008 Maryland Art Place - MAP - Drawings,Baltimore, MD. USA
2007 Bossa Lounge Gallery - Paintings,Washington, D.C. USA
2006 PASS - Paintings and Sculpture Studio - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
2005 D.U.M.B.O. - Paintings, Brooklyn, NY. USA
2005 Arlington Art Center - Paintings, Arlington, VA. USA
2004 U-topia Bar Gallery - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
2003 Numark Gallery - Prints, Washington, D.C. USA
2002 Columbia Art Center - Paintings, Columbia, Maryland. USA
2002 Inter-American Development Bank - Paintings and Drawings, Washington, D.C. USA
2002 Montpelier Art Center - Drawings, Laurel, Maryland USA
2001 BACI-Brazilian American Cultural Institute - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
2001 Kolams Gallery - Drawings, Washington, D.C. USA
2000 Kolams Gallery - Drawings, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2000 Circo do Bonfim Gallery - Drawings, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2000 Art-o-Matic - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1999 A & M Gallery - Paintings and Drawings, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1999 Aron Packer Gallery - Drawings, Chicago, USA
1999 Lamia Ink Gallery- Aron Packer Gallery - Drawings, NYC. USA
1998 MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1998 District of Columbia Art Center - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1997 PASS - Paintings and Sculpture Studio  - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1997 D.U.M.B.O. Arts Festival- Paintings and Drawings, Brooklyn, NY. USA
1996 International Monetary Foundation Arts Society - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1996 Whitman Walker Clinic - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1995 Pavillion Gallery - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1995 The United States Botanical Gardens - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1995 District of Columbia Art Center - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1995 Mexican Cultural Institute - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1994 Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Office - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1994 Moscoso Gallery - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1994 Colonnade Gallery (George Washington University)- Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1994 Montgomery County Executive Office - Paintings, Rockville, Maryland USA
1994 Mexican Cultural Institute - Paintings,,Washington, D.C. USA
1993 District of Columbia Art Center - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1993 Leavey Center- Georgetown University - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1993 Alex Gallery - Paintings,Washington, D.C. USA
1992 Martin Luther King, Jr. Library - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1992 In Time Gallery - April -October - December - Paintings, Washington, D.C. USA
1990 Washington Projects for the Arts - Drawings, Washington, D.C. USA
1990 Open Studio (Washington Projects for the Arts)- Paintings,Alexandria, VA. USA
1988 Onesimo Dos Santos Gallery - Drawings, Sabara, Brazil
1987 Center of Arts - Drawings, Montes Claros, Brazil
1986 Sesiminas Art Gallery - Drawings, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1984 Gem Center - Tapestries and Objects - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1984 Clovis Salgado Foundation - Objects (wood and fiber), Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1982 Center of Arts - Tapestries, Montes Claros, Brazil

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTORS


Maria Faba , Brinon-Sur-Sauldre,France
Ariel Skelley, Richmond, Virginia,USA
Nora Zender, Paris, France
Heather Lutz, San Diego, California,USA
Lucille McConnell, Rockville, Maryland,USA
Vitor Moscoso, Washington, D.C., USA
Angelica Satiro, Barcelona, Spain
Geoffrey D. Garin, Washington, D.C., USA
Joe P. Natoli, Alexandria, VA., USA
Michelle Anderson, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Pernilla Noreen, Gottenborg, Sweeden

Clauton Brina, Belo-Horizonte, Brazil

Ines Zaragoza, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Eduarda Pacheco,Belo-Horizonte, Brazil

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. USA
Medical Association of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Center of Arts, Montes Claros, Brazil
Clovis Salgado Foundation, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Kemron Enviromental , Fairfax, VA ,USA
Brazilton Hotel ,Contagem, Brazil

AWARDS

1984 IV Festival of the Arts, Montes Claros, Brazil
1987 IX Festival of the Arts, Montes Claros, Brazil

COMMISSIONED WORKS

Wayne Willentz Trio- CD Cover - Washington, D.C. USA
Revision Magazine - Art Cover - Washington, D.C. USA
Carlos Kaluanda - CD Cover - Lisbon, Portugal

SELECTED BIOGRAPHY

1984- Maluba, Maria Da Conceicao- Catalogue- The Search of the Lost Sign -Ministry of Culture of Brazil