About PIPA Prize 2024

ABOUT THE PIPA Prize 2024 – Year 15

The PIPA Prize is an initiative of the PIPA Institute. It was created in 2010 to be the most prominent Brazilian award in the Visual Arts. From 2010 to 2018, PIPA had a partnership with MAM-Rio, where the finalists’ exhibitions were held. Each of the four finalists each year donated a work to that museum’s contemporary art collection. In 2019, the exhibition was held at Villa Aymoré, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2020, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the exhibition could not take place. Since 2021, PIPA Institute exhibitions have been launched at Paço Imperial.

The Prize was created to promote Brazilian art and visual artists, stimulating the national production of contemporary art; motivating and supporting new (but not necessarily young) Brazilian artists; in addition to being an alternative model for the third sector.

The objective of the Award is to highlight visual artists with a recent trajectory, starting in the last 15 years, with promising participation in the circuit. It is worth noting that, as Brazil has several regional micro-scenes, and we are interested in affirming them in their diversity, this highlight of the trajectory can be thought of locally with the expectation of development beyond this context.

The PIPA Prize Board invites professionals, who follow Brazilian contemporary art, to compose a Nomination Committee. Each member of the Nominating Committee nominates up to 3 artists. The Council chooses, among the Participating Artists, four artists to be the Awarded Artists of the Year. All Participating Artists can also compete in the PIPA Online, voting that happens on the internet.


  • Participating Artists – all artists nominated by the Committee who participate will be entitled to a page on the website, inclusion in the bilingual catalog, video interview, and publicity on PIPA websites and social media
  • PIPA Awarded Artists =  Four (4) artists among the year’s participants will be selected by the Prize Council as the year’s winners. The 4 (four) will hold an exhibition at Paço Imperial and each will receive a donation worth R$25,000.
  • PIPA Online’s Most Voted Artists = The two most voted artists in the online category, where all participating artists can compete, will each receive R$5,000.00


  • The Board is the superior management body for the PIPA Prize, made up of representatives from the PIPA Institute and guests.

PIPA Institute representatives:

  • Roberto Vinhaes – founder of Instituto PIPA and The PIPA Foundation;
  • Lucrécia Vinhaes – founder and coordinator of the PIPA Institute and the PIPA Prize;
  • Luiz Camillo Osorio – curator of MAM-Rio from 2009-2015, director of the Department of Philosophy at PUC-Rio, and curator of the PIPA Institute.

 Invited members:

  • Ana Avelar – curator at Casa Niemeyer and professor of Theory, Criticism, and History of Art, at the University of Brasília-UnB);
  • Bruno Scharfstein  – artist and businessman;
  • Marcelo Mattos Araújo – lawyer and museologist, General Director of the Moreira Salles Institute, former President of Japan House, São Paulo, President of IBRAM (2016-2018) and Secretary of State for Culture of São Paulo 2012-2016);
  • Luís Antônio Almeida Braga – collector;
  • Vitória Cribb – artist,  PIPA Prize 2022 Awarded Artist.

Group of people who choose who will be nominated for the PIPA Prize, as there are no entries to compete for the Prize.

At each edition, the Board members invite 20 to 30 Brazilians from the North to the South of the country and foreigners to compose this Committee. The guests are professionals who work with contemporary art, such as artists, art critics, collectors, teachers, researchers, curators, and others.

In 2024, each of the nominating members will nominate up to 3 visual artists, from all media, with a maximum of 15 years of career (from the first solo or group institutional exhibition). For nominations, the following parameters are considered: distinguished production and the relevance of the Award for better development and growth of the artist.

The PIPA Institute was created in 2009 with the initiative to create the PIPA Prize. In 2023, The PIPA Foundation was created in the United Kingdom to facilitate the dissemination of Brazilian art internationally.
The PIPA Institute, in addition to promoting the PIPA Prize, acquires and commissions works (exclusively by artists who participated in the PIPA Prize), exhibitions, loans of works, artistic residencies, publications, podcasts, and other initiatives.


  • Roberto Vinhaes
  • Lucrécia Vinhaes

Curator of the PIPA Institute and PIPA Prize:

  • Luiz Camillo Osorio

Board member and one of the creators of the PIPA Prize, he was invited to be the curator of the PIPA Institute in 2016. He is a professor and current director of the Department of Philosophy at PUC-Rio. He was curator of MAM-Rio between 2009 and 2015. In 2015, he was the curator responsible for the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

The PIPA Institute, The PIPA Foundation, and the PIPA Prize Coordination teams are:

  • Roberto Vinhaes
  • Lucrécia Vinhaes
  • Luiz Motta
  • Rodrigo Lobo
  • Áthilas Lima
  • Carmelina Abifadel
  • Arley Ramos
  • Patricia Bello
  • Mariana Casagrande
  • Alexia Carpilovsky
  • Benjamin Farah
  • Luciene Marcello
  • Eleina Coutinho


  • Carla Marins

PIPA video production:

  • From 2017 to 2023: DoRio Filmes
  • From 2010 to 2016: Matrioska Filmes

This is the basic information about the PIPA Prize.
For more information, read the Regulation and browse the menu categories.


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