(this page was last updated in August 2020)
Salvador, Brazil, 1982.
Lives and works in Salvador, Brazil.
PIPA Prize 2020 nominee.
To create “a link between Humankind and Nature” is the main objective of the artist’s graffiti, whose works are spread throughout the city of Salvador in a call to “eco-logical” contemporary thinking. Earth, water, beings and air in a rhythmic harmony, proposed in a colorful and poetic manner, are the main characteristics of Eder Muniz’s work. In Salvador, his works can be found in peripheral communities, as well as in upscale neighborhoods, without any social distinction. Internationally solicited, Eder Muniz has artworks in the Botanical Garden of Cornell University in the US and artistic projects in Italy, Angola and Senegal.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes, exclusively for PIPA Prize 2020:
‘Eder Muniz for WALL\THERAPY’, 2015. Duration: 3’22”
He is a self-taught artist, who first began to draw on his aunt’s home walls. He currently works with graffiti, mixing techniques from other visual art forms. The main characteristic of his work is the connection between man and nature. His art is spread throughout various parts of the city, from peripheral communities (favelas) like his own, to the most upscale neighborhoods like Cajazeiras, Plataforma, Pau da Lima, Vitória, Campo Grande, Pituba, and Rio Vermelho, among others.
In 2000, he was the co-founder of Calangos de Rua art movement – a collective of artists that brings culture to the favelas of Salvador. In 2005, he participated in the Salvador Grafita project, and was invited to speak and give workshops at Cornell University, New York University and for the NGOs Make the Road New York and Global Kids, all of them located in the USA.
From 2007 to 2010 Eder lived in New York and his artworks were exhibited at Gallery R in Rochester. He also created giant murals for local organizations (i.e. Make the Road, NY). He was commissioned to create works for private collectors, who were impressed with the richness of his work. Ground Swell of New York invited him to participate in the creation of a mural that tells the history of The Ironbound, a neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey known for its diversity of immigrants, in particular, many Brazilians. Eder also worked as an arts educator in schools in Brooklyn and Queens, creating murals with numerous students. In 2008 he traveled to Sicily, Italy, where he was invited by the mayor of Montedoro to create a mural.
In 2012 he painted a mural with youth from the organization Teen Empowerment in Rochester, New York. He also participated in the 2nd Bienal do Grafitti in São Paulo, organized by Binho Ribeiro, an event that traces the panorama of styles, techniques and concepts of graffiti, bringing together national and international artists.
In 2015, Eder participated in a video project created by UFBA’s Fraude magazine and in 2016, illustrated for the German magazine The World of Music.
Between 2017 and 2020 he created a series of graffiti workshops for the Fundação Pierre Verger in Salvador, whose work involves cultural and scientific exchanges between Brazil and Africa. In 2017 he created a mural for the Fowler Museum of UCLA in the United States. In 2018, he spent time in Africa, first in Senegal with the project Estúdio Africa from Goethe Institute of Salvador, and then in Angola as part of an exchange with African street artists. In 2019 he gave graffiti workshops at Cornell University, Colorado College, and the University of Nebraska. In 2020, he was the artist selected by the Brazilian company, O Boticário, to design the art for their national campaign.
‘Eder Muniz paints his mural ‘A força que habita em mim’, 2017. Duration: 1’28”
‘Entidade Eder Muniz – Rua Salvador’, 2013. Duration: 5’31”