Henrique Oliveria is, at the least, an artist affected by his surroundings. As a student in São Paulo, Brazil, Oliveira harvested the remains of the fence outside his window, which had begun to peel and break in layers of color, and turned it into a hurricane of art for his senior show.
Tapumes, Portuguese for the wood Oliveira uses, is ubiquitous throughout São Paulo. Recycled from dumpsters and landfills throughout the city, Oliveira tucks each piece into PVC skeleton structures to achieve the desired look. His newest show of environmentally friendly art, appropriately named Tapumes, will be on display this spring at the Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas.