(this page was last updated in August 2021)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1988.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
PIPA Prize 2020 and 2021 nominee.
Agrade Camíz started her relationship with creative activities writing, as a way of self-knowledge and of creating new realities. Since 2010, she began to develop graffitis, making murals and characters. She is a multimedia artist who incorporates in her works Rio de Janeiro’s popular architecture aesthetics mixing matters related to sexuality, beauty, feminine oppression. She incorporates grids [grades] in many works, which refer to impositions and behaviour patterns. She explores the spellings of the word grade [grid]; a grade [the grid], agrade [please], agradar [to please] and from the ambiguity of the meanings of agradar [to please] and limitar [to limit], the artist questions, in various directions, the behavioural impositions made up by the social setting/environment, which limit the possibilities of existence. The choice of black and white has always been in the scope of Camila’s work construction. The colors are being added through the meeting with other artistic experiences lived by the artist.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes, exclusively for PIPA Prize 2021:
“Corpos no Mundo – Agrade Camiz“, 2021. Duration 2’13”
“Agrade Camíz por Taineuraz“, 2021. Duration 2’17”
I started my relationship with creative activities by writing, as a way to get to know myself and to create new realities. In 2010, I started to develop graffiti, creating murals and characters. Currently a visual artist, I use in paintings and installations symbols of the popular architecture from the suburb of Rio de Janeiro. I worked as an assistant to the set designer Aurora dos Campos, from 2010 to 2012, assisting in the production and creation of sets for plays and shows.
In 2019, I participated in the exhibition “Poética entre mulheres” at the Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal RJ, and from that experience I started to explore new supports and materials, such as metal, mirror and glass.
In May 2021, I participated in Parede Gentil 37, through the project “Arte Substantivo Feminino” together with 23 other artists.
In January 2021, I composed the group exhibition “Como Habitar o Presente Ato 2” at the Simone Cadinelli gallery with the work “Habitacional 1” of 2019. In the same month I participated in the virtual exhibition “Imersões Digitais”, curated by Julia Baker and Juliana Pereira, with the works “Teu Nome Tá In Judas” (2020), “When I Grow Up”, “Dreams and Realities” (2020) and “Personal Property I, II and III” (2020).
In October 2020 I participated in Rua Walls with the work “Post-it (O Sonho do Amor Próprio)”, a milestone in my trajectory, through the territory of the port, close to the bus station where there is a large circulation. The mural is about 1 km long and is displayed at Rodrigues Alves in front of Novo Rio bus station, Rio de Janeiro/RJ.
Also in October 2020 I was part of the Casa Carioca exhibition at the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Art, Rio de Janeiro/RJ. In addition to exhibiting at Espaço Caixa Preta together with other artists curated by Vinicius Monte.
From January 15th to April 30th, 2020, I built the individual exhibition “Habitacional” at SESC Ramos, in which, through paintings and installations, I addressed issues related to housing through the selection of housing complexes and the culture of these places; making a parallel with material construction and social construction. Occupy and inhabit.
From 2019 to 2020, I participated in the Escola Livre de Artes da Maré, a residency that resulted in the collective exhibition “The name we give to things”, in which I exhibited for the first time one of my photographs, a self-portrait in double exposure. “Flirt”, as I called the work, alludes to window flirtatious dolls, in which the woman’s position is always of waiting for a man.
I was nominated for PIPA Prize 2020, and I also participated in the PIPA at Home online exhibition. At the end of the exhibition, I was one of the ten selected artists who received the award.
I was the curator of Galeria Providência, an open-air exhibition in Morro da Providência/RJ, with artistic murals painted by guest artists on a voluntary basis (2019).
In 2019, I was part of the group exhibition “The Showcase” held by Adidas at the Pivô space in São Paulo/SP.
I participated in the artistic residency “In/arte Urbana” in Natal-RN in 2018.
I produced, curated and participated in the group exhibition “CONGENERES” (2018).
On the Boulevard Olímpico at Praça Mauá, I was one of the graffiti artists invited to paint a gable on the old Avenida Rodrigues Alves, which became the Boulevard. I carried out the painting taller than 23 meters in the Docas administration building in 2016.
I conducted graffiti workshops for the Alberto Rangel municipal school in Cidade de Deus. Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 2014.
In 2016, I participated in “Agora que são elas”, a collective exhibition at Sesc Duque de Caxias that brought together six graffiti artists to paint six murals on the facade of the establishment, which also featured an exhibition in the internal area with canvases by the artists.
I painted the facade of the Baobá Brasil store in 2017, a reference brand in African fashion.
At Midrash Centro Cultural, I participated in the feminist exhibition that brought together the artists: Camíz, Criola, Rita Wainer and Vanessa Rosa, in which they painted individual murals within the cultural center with themes that addressed violence against women, and sexism in general.
In 2014 I produced and held the solo exhibition “Ego e arredio”, an exhibition of 18 works which contained drawings and paintings made at Kariok Hostel, in the neighborhood of Glória.
In 2015, during the Multicidade Theater Festival circuit, I painted a large mural that dealt with the matter of abuse against women and had great relevance at the time, through the hashtag”my first abuse” on twitter.
“Ato Criador”, live paint at the launch of the creative act catalog in 2016 at Oi Futuro Flamengo.
“GaleRio”, a City Hall project that transforms urban spaces into a kind of open-air gallery, I painted subway panels together with other artists at the Del Castilho station, 2015.
X-Tudo Cultural, participated for the first time in the exhibition of urban artists “A cor da paz”, organized by SESI, curated by Airá O Crespo, in 2011.
“Ação Jovem na Arte Urbana”, a super mural located in Morro dos Prazeres, which I produced together with two other artists, later generating a digital exhibition at Galeria Melissa in NY in 2014.
“Copa Graffiti’, a Metrô Rio project. Panel competition that colored all the walls of the Line 2 stations, telling a little bit of the history of each location in the station’s region, 2013.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes, exclusively for PIPA Prize 2020:
“Prosa com Artista – Agrade Camiz“, 2020. Duração 57’20”
“Casa Carioca por Agrade Camíz“, 2020. Duração 3’43”