Matias Mesquita


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1976.
Lives and works in Brasilia, Brazil.

Represented by A Gentil Carioca and Zipper Galeria.

PIPA 2016 nominee.

The artist develops a hybrid work, of pictorial and sculptural character, where the image blends with the materiality of the object in a apparent contrast that functions as a symbolic complement. The material of the support operates as an component of urban contemporary reality, separating its social, massive and anonymous condition.

Graduated in Industrial Design/Visual Communication at PUC-Rio. Participated in the production of several animation video-clips, many of them awarded by the MTV Video Music Awards Brazil. In 2009 starts to attend the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage and initiates his career as a visual artist. Participated in group exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro at A Gentil Carioca, Luciana Caravelo and AmareloNegro and in São Paulo at Emma Thomas Gallery and Oscar Cruz, and at phICA , Phoenix, USA.
In 2011 , won the third place for the Award 20 Art Encounters of Atibaia/São Paulo and the award IBRAM Art-Rio Fair. In 2012, held his first solo exhibition: “Incontáveis”, at A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2013 held: “O QUE PESA MAIS”, also at A Gentil Carioca and in 2014, “Impermanência” at Elefante Centro Cultural Brasilia, Brazil. In 2015 had the solo exhibition “Traços de Impermanência”, at Zipper Galeria. Currently lives and works in Brasilia, were he founded, together with collaborators, the Elefante Cultural Centre, an autonomous and independent space with the purpose to motivate the practice and experimentation of contemporary art.


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