Henrique Oliveira was born in ourinhos, brazil in 1973. He received a BFA in painting in 2004
and a masters in visual poetics in 2007 from the university of são paulo, brazil.
He lives and works in são paulo.
Oliveira uses salvaged wood collected from the streets of são paulo to create massive scale,
site-specific installations with dense layers that twist, curve, bend, and split.
Oliveira uses tapumes, which in portugese can mean fencing, boarding, or enclosure,
as a title for many of his large-scale installations. The term makes reference to the temporary
wooden construction fences seen throughout the city of são paulo where oliveira lives.
houston, texas on march 26, 2009.