Thiago Martins de Melo

Born in São Luís, Brazil, 1981
Lives and works in São Luís, Brazil.

Represented by Mendes Wood DM and Gamma Galería.

PIPA 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2018 nominee.
PIPA 2014 finalist.

Thiago Martins de Melo develops studies in the field of painting, presenting polysemic and densely narrative discussions through his work. The visual nature of his work is fundamental. Martins de Melo’s practice is situated in a revisionary tense: it refers to cultural memory via a medium endowed with historicity, i.e. painting, and contemporaneously reinvents historical characters, culturally diverse populations and Brazil’s spiritual, peasant, mythical, indigenous and African entities. These characters are called upon to return to the battle ground on the artist’s canvases, conveying their struggle and their history.

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