Henrique Oliveira was born in Ourinhos, Brazil in 1973 and hails from the university of SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil. Oliveira uses wood collected from the streets of SÃ£o Paulo where he lives, to create huge installations which he refers to as “tridimensionals”. The thin sections of wood are obtained from old fencing and boarding known as ‘tapumes”, are bent and curved into these enormous structures that seem to spill off the gallery walls.
"Henrique Oliveira creates massive installations constructed with wood fencing salvaged from the streets of Sao Paulo. Through these largescale works Oliveira creates the illusion of biomorphic forms bursting through walls and ceilings, broaching the confines of the spaces that they are installed in. His 2011 exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art here in Colorado was a real visual treat—Oliveira used his overlapping boards to convey thick gestural brushstrokes, which overcame the classic white walls of the space."
"More than anything, I wish I could see Oliveira's incredible installations in person. I am blown away by his process, scale, conception and execution. His fantastical "tridimensionals" completely transform and seem to live (as in come alive) in whatever space they inhabit. Made from collected wood found on the street, the tree branches and trunks have this strange fluid quality that makes them look like they will move by their own will and envelope their surroundings or possibly morph into something else at any moment. Truly original and inspiring."