There is something appealling about the work of Beatriz Milhazes, something on the edage of textile design yet with a traditional collage quality, symetrical shapes and interplay with the surface...last week at Galerie Max Helzler, Berlin
'Milhazes plays cultural cliché and tropicalist kitsch against the unyielding rationalism of hard lines, surrounding chaos with cool areas of unfettered colour. It’s an approach which lends her paintings a tension and dynamism that steers familiar iconography into less obviously charted territory. Geometric abstraction lurks behind flourishes of an unfettered brightness' wrote Jennifer Higgie, Frieze Magazine.
'Beatriz Milhazes’ work calls to mind cross-cultural references ranging from local flora, Rio's urban verve or Brazilian Baroque. Equally present are echoes of Henri Matisse's papiers découpés, Bridget Riley's early paintings or Brazilian Modernism established by artists such as Tarsila do Amaral in the late 1920s, which reworked and renewed external stimuli by incorporating them into the context of local history and culture.'