About PIPA Prize 2021

(this page was last updated in July 2021)


PIPA Prize celebrates its 12th edition in 2021. Over the years, it kept true to its mission of promoting and supporting Brazilian contemporary art, now presenting some changes.

This year, the Prize holds a new format, due to achieving two goals: focusing on a more recent production and creating a stronger articulation between the Prize and PIPA Institute. 

The Nominating Committee members will nominate up to three visual artists with a career trajectory no longer than 10 years (from the first solo or group show), focusing on the latest production in the artistic circuit. For their nominations, the following parameters should be considered: the distinguished production and the relevance of the Prize for better development and growth of the artist, still in an early stage of their career.

All nominated artists that formalize their participation are entitled to a page on PIPA’s website, a video interview and being included in the Prize’s bilingual catalogue.

The PIPA Prize Board will choose five artists from the nominees, amongst those who confirm their participation in PIPA Prize 2021. These five Selected Artists will participate in an exhibition/takeover on the Prize’s websites and social mediaproducing new content for the event. The idea is for it to be a virtual exhibition of the Selected Artists showing and promoting their artworks, without establishing a competition between the five of them. Each one will receive a donation of R$10,000.

PIPA Online 2021 continues to be optional for all participants in this edition and the online voting system remains in two rounds. Just like in the previous years, in the first round, people must vote in at least three artists. In the second round, the voter must choose only one among the artists that received more than 500 votes in the first round. Finally, PIPA Online 2021 rewards the two most voted artists, and each one will receive, at the end of the second round of voting, a donation of R$5,000. This virtual showcase, which seeks to be 100% democratic and decentralized, is specially relevant for the artists outside of the Rio-São Paulo area that are not represented by any gallery: through the voting, they find a way to mobilize people and, thus, to disseminate even more their work.

Unlike previous years, in which the winners donated a piece of work to the Institute,  the Selected Artists will not be asked for any donations. The news in PIPA 2021 matches our goal to contemplate more artists on the Prize’s trajectory, as well as to make our collection more diverse and pluralistic. We want to distribute the Institute’s resources in a broader way and to encourage other artists that have already participated in past editions by commissioning and acquiring new pieces.


PIPA Prize is an initiative of  PIPA Institute. It was created in 2010 to be the most prominent Brazilian prize in the Visual Arts. From 2010 to 2018, PIPA had a partnership with MAM-Rio, where the finalist’s exhibitions took place. Each of the four finalists of each year donated a work for the 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 happen. The four finalists were announced winners. The PIPA Institute will organize an exhibition with works by the four winners of 2020, from September to November of 2021, at the Paço Imperial, in Rio de Janeiro.


The Board is PIPA’s highest management body, composed by representatives of the PIPA Institute and guests.

Representatives of the PIPA Institute:

Roberto Vinhaes – founder of the PIPA Institute and creator of the PIPA Prize

Lucrécia Vinhaes – founder and coordinator of the 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

Invited Board members 2021: Kiki Mazzucchelli (independent Curator), Marcelo Mattos Araújo (Director of the Moreira Salles Institute, former Head of Japan House, São Paulo, Head of IBRAM from 2016-2018 and member of the São Paulo’s Culture Department from 2012-2016), Moacir dos Anjos (Fine Arts Coordinator at Fundação Joaquim Nabuco), Luís Antônio Almeida Braga (art collector) and Tadeu Chiarelli (Head of Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo from 2015 to 2017 and Visual Arts professor at USP, Brazil).


Group of people that chooses who will be nominated for PIPA, since there are no entries to compete for the Prize.

Each edition, the Board members invite from 20 to 30 Brazilian from the North to the South of the country and foreigners to compose this Committee. The guests are people who work with contemporary art as established artists, art critics, collectors, professors, researchers and curators.

Each member of the Nominating Committee will indicate up to three artists qualified to participate in the award (in the editions from 2010 to 2012, each member could indicate up to five artists).

Click here to get to know the 2021 Nominating Committee.



PIPA Institute was established in 2009 with the initiative of creating the PIPA Prize.

Curatorship of PIPA Institute and PIPA Prize

Luiz Camillo Osorio
Counselor and of one the founders of PIPA Prize, he was invited to assume the curatorship of the PIPA Institute in 2016.
He is a Professor and current Head of the Philosophy Department at PUC-Rio.
He was the Curator of MAM-Rio between 2009 and 2015.
In 2015, he was the curator in charge of the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

PIPA Institute and the PIPA Prize coordination are under the responsibility of:

Lucrécia Vinhaes
Luiz Motta
Rodrigo Lobo
Áthilas Lima
Arley Ramos
Patrícia Bello
Eleina Coutinho
Mariana Casagrande
Alexia Carpilovsky
Benjamim Farah

Producers of PIPA’s videos

From 2017 to 2020: DoRio Filmes
From 2010 to 2016: Matrioska Filmes

Above are the basic information of PIPA Prize.
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