About the Prize

(last updated in February 2018)

PIPA Prize

PIPA Prize is a partnership between PIPA Institute and the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio). It was created in 2010 to be the most prominent Brazilian prize in the Visual Arts. It is coordinated by the PIPA Institute team.


The Prize was created with the aim to promote Brazilian art and artists and MAM-Rio by stimulating the domestic contemporary art production; motivating and supporting new (but not necessarily young) Brazilian artists; besides being an alternative model for the third sector.


PIPA’s goal is to award and give visibility to artists that have been distinguished by their works and who are already known in the Brazilian art scene. It is not designated towards discovering new artists. It is an award.

There are no entries to run for the Prize. The artists that take part in the Award are nominated by the Nominating Committee, which changes yearly.

It is held annually and any artists with works in any media can be nominated, without age restrictions.

View below a diagram explaining the dynamic of the Prize:



  • PIPA winner = R$130,000, a part of this value will be used to fund the winner’s participation in an international artist residency programme at Residency Unlimited. The winner is selected by the Award Jury.
  • PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition winner = R$ 24,000. The winner is the artist with the most votes given by the public at MAM-Rio.
  • PIPA Online winner = R$ 10,000. The artist with the greatest number of votes given by the public on PIPA’s website.
  • PIPA Online Runner Up = R$ 5,000. The second most voted artist on PIPA’s website.


The Board is the PIPA’s senior management body, composed of five to eight members, including representatives of PIPA Institute, representatives of MAM-Rio and renowned art experts invited for each edition.

Representatives of PIPA Institute:

Roberto Vinháes – founder of IP Capital Partners, PIPA Global Investments and PIPA Institute

Lucrécia Vinháes – coordinator and Board member of PIPA Institute

Luiz Camillo Osorio – former chief curator of MAM-Rio (2009-2015), Head of the Philosophy Department at PUC-Rio, and curator of PIPA Institute

Representatives of MAM-Rio: Carlos Alberto Gouvêa Chateaubriand and Fernando Cocchiarale (president and chief curator of MAM-Rio, respectively)

Invited Board members 2017: Flavio Pinheiro (Executive Superintendent of Instituto Moreira Salles), Kiki Mazzucchelli (Independent Curator, works between London and São Paulo) and Moacir dos Anjos (Fine Arts Coordinator at Fundação Joaquim Nabuco)

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee chooses who will run for PIPA, since the Prize is not open for applications.

They are a set of 20 (twenty) to 40 (forty) art experts, invited in each edition, by the PIPA Board, Brazilian or foreign, who work with contemporary art, as established artists, art critics, collectors, gallerists, and curators.
Each member of the Nominating Committee will indicate up to 3 (three) artists qualified to participate in the award.

Award Jury

A group of 5 (five) to 7 (seven) members, invited by the PIPA Board, who will select the winner of PIPA among the 4 (four) finalists.

Exhibition at MAM-Rio

PIPA Exhibition always takes place at MAM-Rio, and the 4 finalists of each edition participate in the exhibition.


All participating artists of each edition are featured in the Prize’s catalogue.
PIPA catalogues are not for sale, but can be downloaded here on our website.


PIPA Institute (former IP Institute) was established in 2009, and the first initiative was to create PIPA Prize.

Curator of PIPA Institute and PIPA Prize

Luiz Camillo Osorio is one of the founders of PIPA Prize and former chief curator of MAM-Rio (Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro).
Osorio is currently Chief of Philosophy Department at PUC-Rio and was the curator for the Brazilian Pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2015.
PIPA Institute and the PIPA Prize coordination are under the responsibility of:

Lucrécia Vinháes

Board Member of Instituto PIPA.
Participates in the implementation of PIPA since its inception.
Works as a volunteer at PIPA.
Architect graduated from UFRJ, attended several courses of Contemporary Art and participated in the production and curatorship of many exhibitions.
Currently, lives in London (UK).

Maria Espírito Santo

Graduated in History of Art with Museum Studies at the University of Leeds (UK). Studied Art & Business at Sotheby’s Institute, London in 2013.
Worked as a Gallery Assistant at Frieze Masters for Luciana Brito Galeria (2012), DAN Galeria (2013-2014). Worked at Campoli Presti Gallery for a period of three months before working at the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s, London. Worked as a Gallery Assistant at Bernard Jacobsen Gallery before joining the PIPA team in October 2015, in London. In July 2016, Maria undertook the Coordination of PIPA in Rio de Janeiro, position held until then by Catarina Schedel.

Clara Balbi


− From PIPA Global Investments:
Luiz Motta – Website
Camila Góes and Eleina Coutinho – Management

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− From MAM-Rio:
Fernando Cocchiarale – Chief Curator
Fernanda Lopes – Assistant Curator
Carla Marins, Mariana Boghossian and Rafael Rodrigues – Design
Hugo Bianco, Juliana dos Santos Silva and Lucia Meneghini – Production
Cláudia Calaça, Veronica Cavalcante, Cátia Louredo, Fátima Noronha – Museology

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