Eduardo Coimbra, visual artist from Brasil. Photography © E. Coimbra
1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
I am a visual artist who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. I was graduated in electrical engineering and worked for 8 years in a large engineering company. In my passage to the universe of art I carried with me the knowledge of putting things in the world.
Then, when I think of a work of art, it appears to me as something that will exist in the real physical space, and establish relationships with the environment in which it will be installed. Hence, my interest in interventions in architecture was an obvious path.
2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?
I don’t have a lot of knowledge about international museums except the more traditional ones that stand out for their extensive art collections. So I don’t think it’s important for me to highlight any especially.
3.How important are social networks in your business? And which platform do you prefer and why.
I recently created a website about my work and I also use Instagram.
4.What are your future projects?
I am developing the project for a large sculpture sponsored by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. I was also planning an individual exhibition at an institution, SESC, in São Paulo, but these projects were postponed because of the moment we live in.
5.To create greater engagement among museums, artists and professionals, do you have any advice for cultural projects such as #MuseumWeek?
I just wish this project a long life. Congratulations!
Interview by Fabio Pariante, journalist
Eduardo Coimbra (Rio de Janeiro, 1955) is a Brazilian visual artist. An engineering graduate, he began his artistic career in the early 1990s, and is known for his site-specific, public architectural installations which include surreal and constructed landscapes, original and ecological maquettes.
The artist uses various materials in his productions, such as small household objects, steel, prints, fluorescent lights, wood and iron. They are works of land art that aim to provoke space and interaction with the public in some way.
Museu de Arte Moderna de Buenos Aires, Parasol unit, London, England; Kalouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, Portugal; Palácio Pereda, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Somerset House, Center Gallery, Miami, USA; Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, in Prato, Italy are just a few museums where Coimbra has exhibited.
As public works, however, among the most important in Parque Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho, in Porto Alegre, RS; Praça Charles Miller and Largo da Batata, in São Paulo; Kusnetsky Most, in Moscow, Russia; Lange Voorhout, The Hague, Netherlands. Eduardo Coimbra lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.