In Bandeira’s work “Futebol no Hyde Park” dots, lines, blots and drops of colour create an organizing force that turns random strokes of the brush into webs of regular and geometric structures. The dynamic energy of the image reflects its subject – a football game in London’s Hyde Park.
Antonio Bandeira (1922-1967) is one of Brazil’s most important masters of abstract painting. Bandeira spent his life between Rio de Janeiro and Paris. He began his career as a figurative painter, but moved on to informal and gestural abstraction in the 1940’s under the influence of his travels to Paris. In later years, Bandeira’s career took on a truly international character with exhibitions in Paris, Brazil, London, and New York including participations in the newly founded São Paulo Biennial in 1953, 1955 and 1959 as well as in the Venice Biennial. Today, Bandeira’s works can be found in major museums around the World, and they also form part of important private collections.