The exploration of material as a form of expression in the work of Lucas Simões is not, as may appear at first sight, a fetish for materiality, but rather a research that aims to fill the support of the artistic object with meaning. His training as an architect, where technique and poetics are profoundly interlinked, gives one of the possible keys for understanding his production.
Painting, cartography, books, photography, concrete, steel, paper... have already been objects of his investigation. Through daily experimentation with materials and know-how, the artist finds the necessary means of expression, as in his more recent sculptures and installations in concrete, which reflect his research into brutalist architecture and the failure of its utopian sense.
Simões held solo exhibitions at Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães (Recife, Brazil), Caixa Cultural (São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Pivô Arte e Pesquisa (São Paulo, Brazil). He also took part in group exhibitions at the 10th Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre, Brazil), Zacheta National Gallery (Warsaw, Poland), Astrup Fearnkey Musset (Oslo, Norway), Itochu Ayoama Art Square (Tokyo, Japan), Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (São Paulo, Brazil) and Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil). His works are part of the public collections Itaú Cultural (São Paulo, Brazil), Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil).