Daniel Boccato’s works deal with the relationship between form and language, abstraction and figuration, constantly challenging the viewer’s impulses to label, declare, categorize and differentiate. Playful and cumbersome, testing the boundaries of painting, sculpture and drawing, his pieces are usually built with industrial materials such as MDF, concrete, polyester, as well as ready-made objects, featuring simple shapes and bold colors.
Born in 1991 in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Daniel Boccato studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, class of 2013. He lives and works in New York. His solo exhibitions include “creepers” at The Journal, New York, “rot pear rot” at Formato Cómodo, Madrid, (2016) and “an eye for an eye” at Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warsaw (2015). His work has been exhibited at 39 Great Jones in New York (2014) and included in several group exhibitions, among them “Mythology” at Arsenal, Toronto, Canada (2016); “Scent” at Dickinson Roundell, New York (2015); and “Mythology” at Division Gallery, Montreal, Canada (2015). In 2016, Boccato collaborated with the French artist Loup Sarion to create a permanent public sculpture, Le Géant de la Digue, on the occasion of “Asphalte#2,” a public arts biennial in the city of Charleroi, Belgium.