One of the main goals of PIPA Prize is to broaden general knowledge about Brazilian contemporary art – and there’s no better way to do this than through the artists themselves. That’s why since 2010, PIPA produces exclusive video-interviews with each edition’s nominated artists. This year, there will be approximately 61 new interviews, where artists nominated for the 10th edition of the Prize talk about their inspirations, careers, studios, and much more. Watch the first four video-interviews, produced in partnership with Do Rio Filmes, below, and don´t forget to check back for the artists’ updated pages and more interviews. Click on the artists’ names to check out their updated pages.
André Griffo lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a degree in Architecture and Urbanism and has been working in Visual Arts since 2009. In 2019, he was selected for the 21st Biennial of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil – Communities imagined (2019), SP. In 2018, he participated in the group show “In order to evaluate the exhaustion” at Galeria Athena Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 2018. In 2017, he held a solo exhibition, Objetos sobre Arquitetura Gasta (Objects about Battered Architecture), at the Centro Cultural in São Paulo, SP. In 2016, he participated in the group shows Ao Amor do Público I (To the Love of the Public) – Donations from ArtRio (2012-2015) and MinC / Funarte, MAR – Rio Museu de Arte, and Intervenções (Interventions), Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro.
Bia Leite holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Plastic Arts by the Universidade de Brasília. She focuses her studies on painting, engraving, drawing and cinema; but the collage is what guides the creative process, addressing subjects such as violence, conflict, daily life, love, questions about gender and sexuality and the strength of the TLGBQI+ family. Music shows up in her works as the soundtrack of metaphorical fictional images, the painting series may contain movie names, music albums, blogs, Ceará’s drag queen reality show memes. She often links between composition texts and the acclaimed pop culture images.
Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro is an artist, psychology student and macumba practicer. She lives in Vitória, Brazil. Her creative process is an incorporation experience, claims her black testicled feminine body, as a place of memory and uses herself in order to produce perishable freedoms. Her production is placed at an epistemic crossroads, from whereshe see many escape routes from coloniality.
Pedro Gandra attended the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, in Rio de Janeiro. He has exhibited his work in institutions and galleries since 2011. He develops his research from some references, either photos outlined by the artist, writings and notes he stored, or literature, fables in particular. In Gandra’s work, he proposes to articulate those references in the field of painting. And from that, Gandra sets his own imagery and vocabulary.