Aline Figueiredo Espíndola

Lives and works in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2015 and 2018.

Born in Mato Grosso do Sul in 1946, Aline Figueiredo Espíndola is a cultural entertainer and art critic. She founded and directed the Associação Mato-Grossense de Artes (AMA, 1967/1972) with the first Mato-grossense painters exhibition and wrote a Plastic Arts column for the newspaper Diário da Serra (1969). In 1971, she graduated in Law for Federação Universitária Católica de Mato Grosso.

Figueiredo Espíndola moved to Cuiabá in 1973 and, along with Humberto Espíndola, elaborated a project for the creation of the Art and Popular Culture Museum, where she was a supervisor from 1985 to 1996.

She takes part in the implementation of the Cultural Foundation of Mato Grosso, in Cuiabá (1975) and worked as a Plastic Arts consultant until 1979, when created the Ateliê Livre, the Salão Jovem Arte Mato-grossense and Mato Grosso’s Pinacotheca.

Author of the books “Artes Plásticas no Centro-Oeste” (Edições UFMT/MACP/Cuiabá/1979), winner of Gonzaga Duque Prize, from the Brazilian Association of Art Critics in 1980; “Arte Aqui é Mato” (Edições UFMT/MACP/Cuiabá, 1990); “A Propósito do Boi” (EDUFMT/Cuiabá, 1994), winner of Alejandro José Cabassa Prize, from the Brazilian Union of Writers (1996).

Aline Figueiredo Espíndola took part in Organizing Commissions for various national shows, such as the “Salão Nacional de Artes Plásticas” (Rio de Janeiro, 1983/84). She was member of Juries from multiple National Salons in almost all the Brazilian states. Between 1985/86, was a counselor for Plastic Arts at the Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPq) in Brasília. Since 1970, works giving Art History classes.

Wins the Sérgio Milliet Prize for editing the book “Dalva Maria de Barros – Garimpos da Memória” (Editora Entrelinhas, Cuiabá, 2001) from the Brazilian Association of Art Critics in 2002. Took part in the books “Mato Grosso – Território de Imagens” – with the text “Pintura e fotografia em diálogo – décadas de 60, 70 e 80”, organized by Magna Domingues, (Editora Entrelinhas, Cuiabá, 2008) and “O Centro-Oeste”, (Editora Colorama/Banco Francês e Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro, 1985), in a collaboration with Bernardo Élis.

Organized the “MACP Catalogue” in a partnership with Humberto Espíndola, UFMT and Entrelinhas editions. Participated in book collection “Coleção Pensamento Crítico” vol. 4, organized by Professor Dr. Laudenir Antonio Gonçalves, from Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), edited by Funarte, Rio de Janeiro, 2010. Won the Mario de Andrade Prize, from the Brazilian Association of Art Critics – ABCA, for her trajectory in art critic and cultural entertainment. In 2014, organized the group show “PERCURSO” to celebrate the 40 years of the Popular Culture and Art Museum of UFMG.



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