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ABOUT KIM POOR

Elizabeth Kimball de Albuquerque Poor is a Brazilian artist working in Rio and London.

She first exhibited at the age of 12 at a large mixed show in Rio de Janeiro amongst other Brazilian artists such as Scliar and Bianco.  At 17 she left Brazil to study Fine Arts at the Parsons School of Design in New York City with Larry Rivers and at Skidmore College in upstate New York where she developed a new technique in painting with ground glass on steel. 

During this period she exhibited extensively in Brazil and New York.  In 1982 she enrolled at the Central School of Art in London to pursue her interests in printmaking with Norman Ackroyd R.A.


Her own style and technique of painting using powdered glass fused on steel was christened “Diaphanism” by Salvador Dali. This term has now in fact been incorporated into the the Oxford English Dictionary. The paintings are fired countless times until she is satisfied with the result. Critical high and low temperatures and a very delicate control of layers of opaque and transparent glass are required in order to achieve depth and colour.

Throughout her training she found that her responses to the formal exercises she was set invariably led to a narrative - a tradition which is strong in South America and this led Kim to explore the myths and fables she was told as a child. In Brazil such stories co-exist with day-to-day happenings and a willingness to suspend disbelief permeates Brazilian culture; this sense of fantasy mixed with reality is explored in all her work. Kim’s links with Brazil remain strong and it is there she gathers inspiration.

The writer and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith commented

“In the dreamlike quality of Kim Poor's  work one  has yet another example of the Magic Realism which can be found in the books of the great Latin America writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llose and Isabel Allende.”

Kim has exhibited all over the world, most recently in Brazil, Belgium & Greece, including successful solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio and in São Paulo.
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