b. 1932
- d. 2020
  • Brazil
Turnover 2023
$USD 62.695
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Hailing from São Paulo, Nelson Leirner’s artistic journey was marked by an unwavering exploration of diverse mediums and a proclivity for challenging established conventions. He emerged as a prominent figure during a pivotal period of artistic transformation in Brazil, where conventional notions of art were undergoing redefinition and expansion.

Leirner’s body of work often defied easy categorization, as he seamlessly traversed the realms of pop art, conceptual art, and sculpture, consistently pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. Throughout his career, Leirner demonstrated a remarkable ability to transmute everyday objects into thought-provoking artworks, enriched with layers of meaning and commentary on consumerism, mass culture, and society at large. His creations frequently carried a subtle undercurrent of humor and irony, inviting viewers to interact with art in novel and unexpected ways.

Leirner’s artistic pursuits extended beyond mere aesthetics, as they were aimed at stimulating critical thinking and dialogue. His creative output encompassed installations, assemblages, sculptures, and participatory experiences, exemplifying his versatility and willingness to experiment with form and concept.

Leirner’s impact on the art world was not confined to his own works. He played an active role in nurturing artistic communities and fostering dialogues, engaging with both emerging and established artists. His influence extended not only within Brazil but also reached a global audience, as his innovative approaches resonated with viewers worldwide. Throughout his lifetime, Leirner garnered numerous accolades and accolades for his groundbreaking work, cementing his status as a pivotal figure in the annals of contemporary art history.


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Nelson LEIRNER (1932-2020)
Homenagem a Fontana I (1967)

Mixed media sculpture (cotton fabric, steel, aluminum)
Ed. 7
181 x 126.5 cm


New York NY, United States
Latin America
21 nov 2013

Lot # 8
Hammer price: $ 295,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 359,000
Estimate: $ 200,000 – $ 300,000

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