Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff will soon be releasing his second monograph, CRAS, through German publishers Gestalten. The book showcases paintings, sculptures, installations and performances that the self-taught São Paulo artist has created over the four years since his first book, Calma. Son of an Evangelical minister, much of Doitschinoff’s work offers a critique of society, giving viewers insight into different political and religious ideas via Afro-Brazilian folklore, as well as Baroque, Alchemic and Pagan symbols used to convey different philosophical ideas. By twisting these symbols and various influences, Doitschinoff has built a unique visual language and style, and layers themes thick with historical context and rich heritage often accompanied by Latin text. The 224 full-color pages of CRAS include close-ups that capture the intricate details and beautiful complexity of his work, accompanied by a series of illuminated texts that illustrate the artist’s philosophy and semiotics. Doitschinoff’s art has been featured in exhibits at museums and galleries in the US, Brazil, and Europe, including the São Paulo Art Museum (MASP) and the Museum of Contemporary Arts of San Diego (MACSD). In conjunction with the book, Gestalten will be opening Doitschinoff’s first show in Berlin, Heri, Hodie, Cras — Latin for “yesterday, today, tomorrow” — at the publisher’s own Gestalten Space gallery [Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin, Germany]. To see more of the religious, political, and philosophical inspired work from the up-and-coming artist order CRAS for $68, or if you’re in Berlin see his work and the artist himself at the opening night of Heri, Hodie, Cras on September 21st. RSVP here.

Cover of Stephan Doitschinoff’s “CRAS” after the Jump…

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