Auad disregards material value to create lyrical, often transient forms using a wide range of materials, from the ephemeral and everyday to the precious and enduring. Notions of luck, traditional anecdotes, chance, and the supernatural pervade Auad's work. Beyond playfulness, his work resonates with a darker underbelly of existence. For Auad an awareness of death and the brevity of life are always near to hand.
Auad has exhibited internationally with works that investigate materiality, sensuality, process and the relationship between the audience and their environment. In February 2018 Stephen Friedman Gallery presented Auad's third solo exhibition at the gallery. In 2016 Auad was the subject of a major solo exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex, UK. In 2011 a collection of specially commissioned sculptures entitled ‘Carrancas and Reflected Archaeology' were exhibited as part of the Folkestone Triennial, UK. Other recent solo exhibitions include; ‘Tonico Lemos Auad', Pivô, curated by Kiki Mazzuchelli, São Paulo, Brazil (2015), ‘Paisagem Noturna', Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); ‘Tonico Lemos Auad', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2012-2013); ‘Figa,' CRG Gallery, New York, USA (2012); ‘Sleep Walkers,' Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); ‘Epílogo,' Zapopan Museum, Zapopan, Mexico (2010); ‘Mouth, Ears, Eyes...Just like us,' Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2009); ‘Silent Singing,' CRG Gallery, New York, USA (2008); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, USA (2007).
Group exhibitions include: ‘In the Labyrinth', Large Glass, London (2019); ‘New Materialism', Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2018); ‘Enchanted Bodies/Fetish for Freedom', GAMeC Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2018); ‘Textile Abstraction', Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia (2018); ‘Sharjah Biennal', Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2017); ‘Drawing Biennial 2017', Drawing Room, London, England (2017); ‘Loose Threads', De Leon, Bath, England (2017); ‘Soft Power, Arte Brasil', Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2016); 'All Heritage is Poetry', Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal (2016); 'What Separates Us', HS Projects, The Embassy of Brazil, London, England (2016); ‘Drawing Biennial', Drawing Room, London, England (2015), ‘Warp and woof', The Hole, New York, USA (2014), ‘A Sense of Things', Zabludowicz Collection, London, England (2014); ‘Threaded Stories', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2013); ‘3am: Wonder, Paranoia and the ‘Restless Night', The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; travelling to Chapter, Cardiff, Wales, UK; The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall, UK; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK; ‘Site: Place of Memories, Spaces with Potential,' Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2013); ‘Labour and Wait,' Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, USA (2013); ‘Além da Vanguarda,' Bienal Naifs do Brasil, SESC Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil (2012); ‘House of Cards: An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture,' Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, UK, in collaboration with Christie's. ‘Mythologies, Cité Internationale des Arts,' Paris (2011); ‘Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Sculpture,' Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2010); ‘Epílogo,' Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (2010; ‘Going International,' The Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA (2010); ‘Textiles Art and the Social Fabric', MUHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2009); ‘Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where you are,' Toyota Municipal Art Museum, Japan (2008); ‘The British Art Show 06,' Hayward Gallery touring exhibition, UK (2006).
His work is included in the public collections of the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, New York, USA; San Diego Museum of Art, California, USA; The West Collection, Pennsylvania, USA, Zabludowicz Collection, London, England; Tate Collection, England; The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, Spain; Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA; Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil and Pizzuti Collection, Columbia, Ohio, USA.