Brazilian sculptor Tunga has died at the age of 64 years on June, 6th.
Tunga was born in 1952 in Palmares, Brazil. An architect by training, his approach to sculpture combines a conceptual dimension associated with an aesthetic reminiscent of certain aspects of Baroque, producing a certain zaniness that contrasts with the sobriety of his concept. Including a range of references to literature, as well as to videos and performance, Tunga contributed to pushing back the limits of sculpture. With a passion for alchemy, his works reflect a timeless desire to overcome the physical structure of things. His work explores “the duel between the cerebral and the biological impulse”, producing forms borrowed from different artistic practices such as installation, architecture, sculpture and video.