“AURORA”, 2020, Photographic Series, Various sizes, Jequié, Bahia

Find out new pages and video interviews of PIPA 2021 nominees

The pages of the artists nominated for the PIPA Prize are gradually fed with content related to their work. Each participant has its page, in which there is information about their trajectory, images, texts, and/or videos about the works. These pages serve as a catalog of contemporary Brazilian art and can be updated by the artists at any time.

In this post, we present a few pages of the 64 names of PIPA 2021.

Alex Oliveira

Alex Oliveira has worked as a photographer, visual artist, and filmmaker since 2011. Conducts artistic research aiming to connect photography, performance art and urban intervention. Has integrated numerous individual and collective exhibitions in different states of Brazil: Bahia, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, and Pará. In 2019, was selected for a funded artistic residency by the Pampulha Art Museum in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais, Brazil).

Ana Beatriz Almeida

Master in History and Aesthetics of Art at MAC/USP- Universidade de São Paulo. She is co-founder of 01.01 Art Platform, visual artist and African and African Diasporic manifestations researcher. She is lecturer at Black Feminism-Berkley University Summer Program Abroad and guest curator in Glasgow International 2020 (postponed because of COVID – 19 pandemic). From 2009 to 2019 she had performed a long term rite of passage in honor of those who didn’t survived to the Atlantic traffic of enslaved people. This performance was entitled Gunga . It was separed in diferente ritual stages, the first , The Banzo series ( Banzo and Banzo Bendita), the liminar performances from the Kalunga series ( Onira, Osalufã and Ibeji), the post liminar rites in Sobre o Sacrificio Ritual series ( Tchidohun and O Mercado: A Iniciação). The last ritual set has been built since 2019 after she travel to Ghana , Togo and Benin where she could meet her family returned from Brasil to Benin during the 19th century: the D’Almeidas.

André Arçari

Graduated in Visual Arts (2014) by UFES, Master in Arts (2018) by the same institution, and is currently a doctoral student in the Postgraduate Program in Visual Arts – School of Fine Arts / UFRJ (2020-). The artist works in the research groups Derivagens, EBA/UFRJ (2020-Current) and the Research Laboratory on Theories of Art and Processes in Arts, LabArtes-UFES (2012-Current). Multimedia artist, researcher, theorist and independent critic, he is interested in issues related to video, cinema and photography, narratives in abyss, dispositif, looping, silence and Zen Buddhism. His recent research, “Earth Trilogy” (2015-Current) is an investigation with an emphasis on the thought of the earth as the first foundation of the world. This project placed its – body of works – in what it calls “work in field”, a point that intertwines with its concept of “earthworks”, forms of visuality that, having coffee as an essential material, exhibit the passage of time by the nature of things and, equally, by the things of nature.

Dinho Araujo

Visual artist, Master in Anthropology (UFPB), graduated in Artistic Education – Plastic Arts (UFMA). Curator and manager at Chão, an independent space in São Luís, also coordinated by Samantha Moreira, Camila Grimaldi and Thadeu Macedo. It works with open propositions for dialogues and networking, with conversations, workshops, film and video exhibition, residences of artists and curators, food, dance and music activities.


Elilson (Recife, 1991) is an artist, researcher and teacher. PhD student in Visual Arts at USP, he holds a Master in Performance Art from UFRJ and a Bachelor of Letras from UFPE. He was a scholarship artist in the EAV Parque Lage (“Formação e Deformação Program”) in 2018. He mainly researches connections between performance art and urban mobility, being interested in relations between orality and writing, power and solidarity, gestures and Histories, among others. He published two books through the Rumos Itaú Cultural program: “Por uma mobilidade performativa” (Editora Temporária, 2017) and “Mobilidade [inter] urbana-performativa” (2019). Since 2016, he has integrated exhibitions and festivals in some cities.

Letícia Lopes

Letícia Lopes was born in Campo Bom/RS, 1988, lives and works in Porto Alegre. Graduated in Visual Arts (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul,2016), she participates in collective shows around Brazil and abroad since 2013, having her work featured in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Recife, France and Czech Republic. In 2019 she was the winner of the 3th Contemporary Art Prize by Alliance Française, and had her first solo show abroad, “I wanna be adored” (La Rochelle/FR). Also in 2019 she was indicated for PIPA Prize. Developing her research manly through painting, she investigates spaces of ambiguity and mistery between reality and representation, using space as a tool for proposing new meanings.

Priscila Rezende

Race, gender, identity, the consequences of a lively and pungent coloniality in  contemporary society presides as primordial issues in Priscila Rezende’s work. The images displayed in her work are visceral and regularly bring discomfort to the  viewer, and when they do, they fulfill their role. By establishing a direct and clear dialogue  with the public, her work proposes tensioning, causing displacements and contesting  privileges, not allowing possibilities for evasion or digression.

Ricardo Alves

Ricardo Alves was born in Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Holding a degree in Fine Arts at the School of Communication and Arts of University of São Paulo, the artist develops his work mainly in the language of painting. He has taken part in several group shows in São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Rio de Janeiro, Belém, Jataí and other cities in Brazil, and abroad in New York, USA and Tsukuba, Japan. He won acquisition prizes on the 40th Contemporary Art Show of Ribeirão Preto, 40th Luiz Sacilotto Contemporary Art Show of Santo André, and on the 11th National Fine Arts Show of Guarulhos. He held the first solo exhibitions in 2016, at Sancovsky Gallery in São Paulo capital and Ribeirão Preto Museum of Art.

Rebeca Carapiá

A visual artist graduated from the Federal University of Bahia, Rebeca Carapiá was born in Cidade Baixa, in the city of Salvador. He is interested in the relations produced between a language, conflict, body and territory, where he creates and organizes a set of practices and reflections through different platforms of exhibition, training and artistic experimentation. Through sculptures, he covers on canvas, drawings, installations, prints, texts and objects, his research in search of creating a cosmology around the conflicts of the norms of language and the body, in addition to expanding a geopolitical debate that involves memory, environmental racism , precariousness economies, ancestral technologies, sexual and gender dissidences and the power relations between speech and word.

Rubiane Maia

Rubiane Maia is a Brazilian visual artist based between Folkestone, UK and Vitoria, Brazil. She completed a degree in Visual Arts and a Master degree in Institutional Psychology at Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Her artwork is an hybrid practice across performance, video, installation and writing, occasionally flirting with drawing, painting and collage.

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