Thiago Martins de Melo


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

Represented by Mendes Wood DM.

PIPA 2011, 2012 and 2016 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.

Thiago Martins de Melo (São Luis, 1981) lives and works in São Luis and Campinas. He has participated in countless group exhibitions, including “The World is Made of Stories,” Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2015/2016); “Imagine Brazil”, DHC/Art Foundation For Contemporary Art, Montreal (2015/2016); “The Boiling Point” PSM-Gallery, Berlin (2015); the 31st São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo (2014); “Meanwhile… Suddenly, and Then,” the 12th Lyon Biennial, Lyon (2013); “Os Primeiros 10 Anos” [“The First 10 Years”], Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2011). His solo shows include “Teatro Nagô-cartesiano e o Corte Azimutal do Mundo,” Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2013) and “Thiago Martins de Melo,” Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2011).

His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro – Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection; the Museum of Art of Rio, Rio de Janeiro; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ceará, Fortaleza and the Museum of the State of Pará, Belém.

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