Santos/Brazil, 1973. Lives and works in São Paulo/Brazil.
The work of Alexandre Cruz, also known as Sesper, originates from a mix of various media, such as collage, painting, drawing, prints, and wood cutouts, crating highly intricate textured forms and compositions. Based on experiments made on paper and graphic digital manipulations, his work takes place mainly on wooden panels, incorporating a wide range of objects on the support, making a direct reference to the concept of assemblage. Sesper finds his sources in discarded materials, such as posters, magazines, newspapers, photographs, documents, and obsolete equipment, often given away by friends or belonging to his own archives. His process involves adding layers of meaning to elements that already carried previous sentimental significance. Simulacrum and original are fused to compose scenes of a society self-disoriented by psychoactive substances, short-circuited ideologies, Catholic guilt, and branding. Sesper is a self-taught artist who has started his career in the Brazilian independent music and urban culture scenes. He strongly relates to the “DYI – do it yourself” philosophy, often associated with the alternative and punk rock movements. Sesper spent part of his teenage years skateboarding, making zines, and recording cassette tapes in his hometown of coastal Santos, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. After joining various independent bands, in the beginning of the 1990s, Sesper created the band Garage Fuzz, one of the most important underground groups of the period, still active today. In São Paulo, he began to intervene in the streets with stickers and posters, adopting the pseudonym Sesper, while also experimenting with video, painting, silkscreen, and collage in his studio. Sesper has worked as a curator, being one of the founders of the seminal exhibition space Most, and contributing to the major show TRANSFER, exhibited in Porto Alegre and São Paulo (2008/2010). As a documentary filmmaker, he directed RE:Board, the result of an extensive research on the history of the art created on Brazilian skateboards. He also publishes experimental art books and zines, and release music via Outprint, his own publishing house/label. Sesper has worked with commercial art galleries, such as LOGO, since 2011. His work has garnered attention in major art fairs, in São Paulo, Rio, and Miami, and group shows such as Perturbo, and Marker, with a disturbing installation: a peep-show booth showing religious adult films. In 2013, he was part of the group exhibition Deslize (Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, Rio de Janeiro) and had a massive solo show, Reprovado, which was followed by a book with the same name. His work has been featured in national and international publications, such as +Soma, Arte Al Limite, Kolaj, Elephant, and Juxtapoz, and is part of the institutional collections from Itaú Cultural, Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz and MAC USP
2016 - Escape, Galeria Fita Tape, São Paulo/SP.
2013 - Reprovado, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo/SP.
2011 - Who AM I, Pure evil gallery, Londres/Inglaterra.
2010 - ADICTO, Cartel 011, São Paulo/SP.
2008 - Refunctional, Galeria Adesivo, Porto Alegre/RS.
2008 - Formol, Galeria Rojo/POP, São Paulo/SP.
2007 - A Gang Thing, Atelier Eastpak, São Paulo/SP.
2004 - 31, Galeria Adesivo, Porto Alegre/RS.
Exposições individuais selecionadas
2016 - New Territories, Museo Amparo – Pue. Mexico, México.
2016 - Damaged City Artshow, Open Studio DC., Washington DC/EUA.
2016 - Arte Core, Museu de Arte Moderna – MAM, Rio de Janeiro/RJ.
2014 - New Territories, Museum Of Arts And Design, Nova Iorque/EUA.
2014 - Grande Colina, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo/SP.
2013 - Deslize, Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, Rio de Janeiro/RJ.
2013 - Lista #2, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo/SP.
2013 - FOUND, Space 507 ½, Los Angeles/EUA.
2012 - Lista, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo/SP.
2012 - Marker, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo/SP.
2012 - Contagem Regressiva, SESC São José dos Campos, São José dos Campos/SP.
2011 - Perturbo, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo/SP.
2010 – GGG, Miami/EUA.
2010 - We're Mixed Up!, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco/EUA.
2010 - Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles/EUA.
2010 - Sem Título e Sem Rótulo, Galeria Murilo Castro, Belo Horizonte/MG.
2009 - Lifeline Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles/EUA.
2008 - Surf Alma, Píer de Santos, Santos/SP.
2008 - Galeria Potrich, Goiânia/GO.
2008 - 4 Of A Kind, Galeria +soma, São Paulo/SP.
2008 - Fifty-Fifty Skate Surf Art Collective, Ong King Art Center, Honolulu, Havaí/EUA.
2008 - Os Brasileiros part II, Carmichael gallery, Los Angeles/EUA.
2008 - Os Brasileiros part I, Carmichael gallery, Los Angeles/EUA.
2008 - Sem Controle, Artsprojekt, Los Angeles/EUA.
2008 - Sold Out, Alias Gallery, Indianapolis/EUA.
2008 - Contra o Verso, Galeria Bergamin, São Paulo/SP.
2008 - TRANSFER, Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras, São Paulo/SP.
2007 - Volta às Aulas, Galeria Graffiteria, São Paulo/SP.
2007 - Custom Munny, Galeria Plastik, São Paulo/SP.
2007 - Autista, Ar+space gallery, San Francisco/EUA.
2007 - Element Street Gallery, São Paulo/SP.
2007 - Fifty-Fifty Skate Surf Art Collective, The Hilo Art Museum, Hilo, Havaí/EUA.
2006 - Shape Arte, Studio SP, São Paulo/SP.
2006 - Conexão Vista, Afrospot, São Paulo/SP.
2006 - Spray – Novo Muralismo Brasileiro, Memorial da América Latina, São Paulo/SP.
2005 - Circuito Mirabolante, Galeria Adesivo e Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre/RS.
2005 - Le Brésil à L’affiche, Les Silos, Chaumont/França.
2005 - Co elect works, Kraft, Campinas/SP.
2004 - Calaveras, Galeria Choque Cultural, São Paulo/SP.
2004 - Catalixo, Galeria Choque Cultural, São Paulo/SP.
2004 - 100latas, Galeria Graffiteria, São Paulo/SP.
2004 - Resfest Vrom Coletivo, Studio SP, São Paulo/SP.
Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC USP)
Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz