Matheus Rocha Pitta

Tiradentes, Brazil, 1980.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Represented by Athena ContemporâneaSprovieri and Carlos Carvalho Gallery.

PIPA 2012 Finalist.
PIPA 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018 nominee.

In a short period of time and through various projects, Matheus Rocha Pitta cemented interests and strategies allowing us to identify, in a work that deepens with each new piece, critical statement on the exchange mechanisms that govern the common life. The artist is moved, in particular, by a willingness to explore and expose the commodity – something that any human labour produces and for which there is clear desire for possession – as an index of paradoxes that contain or engender such exchanges. Without appealing to discursive statements of disciplines that take commodity under frequent investigation (economics, philosophy, politics), articulates objects and images that he makes up to generate knowledge that will not fit in those fields of study. In 2011 the artist participated in the group show Rendez Vous at the Institut d’Art Contemporain of Lyon and held the individual Provisional Heritage in Sprovieri, London, UK. He was also the recipient of the 1st place in I Itamaraty Award for Contemporary Art.

Recent solo exhibitions in 2015: “No Hay Pan”, Gluck 50, Milan, Italy; “ASSALTO”, Athena Contemporânea, Copacabana, Brazil and “Primeira Pedra”, Mendes Wood, São Paulo, Brazil. Recent group exhibitions: “Força-Desempenho”, Athena Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016; Apodi69, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015; El Ranchito, Matadero Madrid, Spain 2014; The Great Acceleration, 9th Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan 2014; Artesur, Collective Fictions, Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013 and Kunst Im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2013.

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