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Turenko, (1970), has Russian roots on his mother's side, and Manaus on his father's side. The family has always been deeply rooted in art, and being the eldest son of the couple, Turenko has closely experienced the Clube da Madrugada (an important artistic movement in Amazonas) from the 1980s onwards.

Due to this mixture of cultures and for being a person with strong ideals, including about decolonization, the artist considers himself a “caboclo outsider”, with a lot of culture to offer. 

His work can be related to the forms of the Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres García and the Non Sequitur movement (stories without narratives in words).

Its entire collection is strongly linked to Turenko's affective references to his Amazonian origin. The “Gente Peixe” series, for example, comes from beliefs about the creation of the world among Tukan peoples. 

In a natural way, Turenko became a mentor and university professor for the new generation of artists, helping them to face the challenges of the profession, as his father taught him by example. 

“Art is an ecosystem”.   We can make a connection between the labyrinths present in some works with the trajectory of the artist, who so often, in his wanderings, also ends up finding his path and inspiration.

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