Tunga (1952, Palmares), is one of the leading Brazilian artists of his generation. His principal media, sculpture, installation and performance, are customarily presented as an integrated body of work which establishes an associative interplay of mirroring and self-reference between the individual pieces. Through rigorously constructed structures, the symbolic and the imaginary perform a decisive role conveying new meanings to familiar objects. His oeuvre's subversive psychological force carries constructivist and surrealist influences, which delineate his original and sensual territory. Tunga is based in Rio de Janeiro and his work can be seen in permanent collections of major museums and institutions throughout the world, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and Moderna Museet, in Stockholm. In September 2012 a major permanent pavilion dedicated to Tunga’s work opened at the Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil.