Meet the PIPA Prize 2019 finalists

In 2019, some changes were made in order to give more equity and importance to the four finalists.

The four finalists were chosen by the PIPA Board amongst the 67 participating artists. Each one of them will receive a donation of R$30,000(thirty thousand Brazilian Reais). They will present their works at the PIPA Prize Finalists Exhibition, from August 10th to September 29th. For the first time in 10 years, the exhibition will take place at Villa Aymoré, Glória, Rio de Janeiro, where PIPA Institute keeps and carries out exhibitions of its collection.

The four finalists are the only artists running for the PIPA Prize. The winner is chosen by the Award Jury and receives an additional donation of R$ 30,000 (thirty thousand Brazilian Reais). The Award Jury will have as parameters to choose the winner: the artist’s portfolio, the work (s) presented in the Finalists exhibition, votes by the audience, and finally a letter by the artist explaining how the R$ 30,000 (thirty thousand Brazilian Reais) would be relevant for his or her career. This amount is intended to enable the production of a project chosen by the artist such as a book publication, an artistic residence, a research trip, or any other project of his choice. 

Watch the video in which Luiz Camillo Osorio, curator of the PIPA Institute, reveals the names of the four PIPA Prize 2019 finalists:

Meet the PIPA Prize 2019 finalists (click on their names in order to be redirected to their artist pages):

Berna Reale

Power relations and issues of urban violence have been, in recent years, the main focus of the artist’s work. In 2010, Reale became a forensic expert at the Center for Forensic Expertise in the State of Pará, North of Brazil, and since then, she has been living close to the most diverse issues of crime and social conflicts. The artist works with installations and performances and has held and participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, as well as biennials such as the Venice Biennale. Berna was a finalist for the PIPA Prize in 2013 and winner of PIPA Online 2012.

“Todos olham para os gatos”, 2019, Photograph, 100 cm x 150 cm


The practice of statism, the contact with punk rock, the affection for poetry and academic studies in the biological area makes Cabelo develop quite original and polyphonic works. Merging different areas of knowledge and life experiences, he produces drawings, paintings, sculptures, songs, performances, videos and installations, as manifestations of poetry. Cabelo considers himself a poet, musician and artist.

“Luz com Trevas”, 2018, Installation (detail)

Guerreiro do Divino Amor

Guerreiro do Divino Amor was born in Switzerland but currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. The artist mixes knowledge from architecture with visual arts and uses various audiovisual supports. Guerreiro explores “superfictions“, hidden forces that interfere in the construction of the territory and the collective imaginary. The artist creates a universe of science fiction from fragments of reality, taking form of films, publications and installations and also accesses other costumes through the participation in the collective and carnival of “Bunytos de Corpo”, a group that satirizes the cult to the body through collective performances in the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

“Expanded Metropolitan Supercomplex” (planetarium version), 2018, Comuna Intergaláctica Festival at the Ibirapuera planetarium (São Paulo, Brazil), Fulldome 2K, 7’30’’. Photo by Rafael Frazão

Jaime Lauriano

Lauriano’s production seeks to bring to the surface historical traumas relegated to the past, to the confined files, in a proposal of revision and collective revision of History. With works marked by an exercise of synthesis between the content of his researches and strategies of formalization, Jaime Lauriano calls us to examine the structures of power contained in the production of History.

The Award Jury will be announced on August 23rd.

The 67 artists, including the finalists, can still participate in PIPA Online, which will start on June 30th.

To find out more about the finalists and the 63 other  PIPA Prize 2019 participants, visit their pages on the PIPA Prize website, containing photos of jobs, interviews, a resume, and more.

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