(this page was last updated in August 2023)
Chicago, USA, 1981
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil, New York, USA and Berlin, Germany
Represented by Casa Triângulo, São Paulo. Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid. Proxyco, Nova York. TJ Boulting, Londres.
PIPA Prize 2023 nominee
Juliana Cerqueira Leite’s sculptures, drawings and videos depart from the need to reformulate how the human body is represented so that its form reflects volition, plurality, and the oscillation of a being that makes itself. Her work engages the history of figurative sculpture, destabilizing its narratives. Her practice explores notions of control over material, and the bodily translation of desire, will and intention.
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Juliana Cerqueira Leite is a Brazilian sculptor based in New York. She has exhibited her works in sculpture, drawing and video internationally since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art (London) in 2006 as recipient of the Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Prize. Working with her own body, often inside of large volumes of material, she engages the complicated histories and possible futures of representing the human form. Cerqueira Leite was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2019 in support of her solo exhibition Orogenesi at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy. In 2016 she was awarded the Furla Art Prize for her contribution to the 5th Moscow Young Art Biennale. She has exhibited her work in group shows in venues such as the Sculpture Center, (New York), Saatchi Gallery (London), the 2017 Venice Biennale Antarctic Pavilion, the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture and Ecology (MuBE, São Paulo), and Hordaland Kunstsenter for the 2019 Bergen Assembly (Norway). Recent solo shows include Instituto Tomie Ohtake (São Paulo), Nogueras Blanchard (Madrid), Alma Zevi (Venice), Galeria Casa Triângulo (São Paulo), and Proxyco Gallery (New York). Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum and Frieze Magazines, The Brooklyn Rail and the MIT Drama Review.
Portmanteau, por Nadim Julien Samman
JULIANA CERQUEIRA LEITE: INTRANSITIVE, The Brooklyn Rail, by Phillip Griffith
Approaching the Body Through Touch Instead of Vision, Hyperallergic, by AlexSchweder
Positional, by Amelia Jones
BetweenArcheology and Space Exploration, by Sofia Gotti
Arsenal Contemporary, Artforum
Robyn_song – Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Juliana Cerqueira Leite on Pompeii and planetary motion – Artforum International
Artista brasileira é premiada na Bienal de Moscou de Arte Jovem – Patria Latina
ArtBerlin_FemaleGaze_2018 – Juliana Cerqueira Leite
A book with an inside look – Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Masters in Drawing, Camberwell College of Art, Londres
Masters in Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Londres
Graduation in Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art & Design, Londres
Artes Plásticas, FAAP, São Paulo
Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid, Spain.
Decapitar, Proxyco Gallery, New York.
Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid, Spain.
Hotel Marajoara, Galeria Casa Triangulo, São Paulo.
Convergence, Alma Zevi Gallery, Veneza, Italy.
OROGENESIS, Museu Nacional Arqueológico de Napoli, Italy.
Until Different, Arsenal Contemporary, New York
Fratura: Arte Atual, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo.
BLOOM, T.J.Boulting, London, UK.
Solaris, Alma Zevi Gallery, Venice, Italy.
Intransitive, Regina Rex Gallery, Lower East Side, New York.
Juliana Cerqueira Leite, TJ Boulting Solo Booth at Art Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Sussex, England
Positional, Galeria Casa Triângulo, São Paulo.
Precede/Proceed, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome.
Portmanteau, T.J. Boulting, London.
The Climb is Also The Fall, A.I.R. Gallery, DuMBO, New York.
Up Down In Out, Trolley Gallery, Trolley Books, London.
Biennials and group shows
Eye Body, TJ Boulting, London
Threshold, 91 Allen Street, New York.
Please Come Flying, AIR Gallery, New York.
Ópera Citoplasmática, Museu Oscar Niemeyer (MON), Curitiba, Brazil.
Paulina Stasik, Mercedes Llanos, Juliana Cerqueria Leite, Lyles & King, NYC, USA.
Arte natureza: ressignificar para viver, SP Arte 2022, curadoria de Ana Carolina Ralston, São Paulo, Brazil.
Por muito tempo acreditei ter sonhado que era livre, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil.
Mouthed Echoes, Lyles & King, New York.
Her Kind, Sargent’s Daughters, New York.
Last Museum, Instituto KW Digital, Berlin.
Abracadabra, Alma Zevi, Venice
Birth Culture, FrauenMuseum, Hittisau, Austria.
Defining Otherness: New York Meets Tbilisi, Assembly Room, NYC, New York.
Portraits: Selections of Work from the Collection, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal.
Sick and Desiring, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen Assembly 2019, Norway
Perverse Furniture, Artspace New Haven, New Haven.
Dear Amazon, Illmin Museum, Seoul, South Korea
In Practice: Another Echo, Sculpture Center, LIC, New York.
Eye to Eye, Arsenal Contemporary, New York.
Glorious Object, Patrick Parrish Gallery, New York.
Space Odyssey, Radiator Arts Catalyst, LIC, New York.
the problem with having a body is that it always needs to be somewhere, The Approach, London.
Core Remission, Gr_und, Berlin.
Antarctic Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017, Venice, Italy.
1st Antarctic Biennale, Akademik Vavilov and multiple locations, Antarctica.
Sculptor’s Drawings, Alma Zevi Gallery, Venice, Italy.
She Reconfigured, Center for Performance Research, New York.
The Measure of Our Travelling Feet, Marres Contemporary Art Center, Maastricht, NL.
Manual Override, collaboration with Zoë Claire Miller. The Landing Strip, Neükolln, Berlin.
5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow.
Now You See Me, TJ Boulting Gallery and Photo London, London.
Frottage, Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn. Ma, Spring Break Art Show 2016, New York.
Lustwarande 2015, commission of new monumental sculpture, De Oude Warande forest, Tilburg, Netherlands.
Gust, Global Committee, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver B.C. Canada.
Casa Triângulo no Pivô, Pivô Art and Research, São Paulo, Brazil.
Spaced In Spaced Out, Lendi Projects, Celerina, Switzerland.
Material Traces, Leonard and Ellen Bina Gallery, Montréal. Curated by Amelia Jones.
New Directors, Anthology Film Archives, New York.
New Age of Aquarius, DUVE Gallery, Berlin.
A Thin Place, Schönleinstraße 33, Berlin. Curated by Amanda Schmitt.
Higher Atlas, 4th Marrakech Biennial, Morocco.
Art Public | Art Basel Miami Beach. Curated by Christine Kim.
Solo, Electric Studios, St. Leonards, UK
100 Feet, Lo & Behold, London.
Bending Light, CultureFix, New York.
British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide, Australia.
Nothing Ever Touches, Chiles Matar, New York.
From Slapstick to Horror, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK.
London International, KCCC, Lithuania.
Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, California.
MACO Nuevas Propostas, Mexico City, Mexico.
With T.J. Boulting, London.
Waived Gallery, Jack Chiles, New York.
Physical Center, Guest Projects, Yinka Shonibare Studio, London.
Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London and Adelaide, Australia.
Bold Tendencies IV: Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham, London.
A Collective Noun, Faggionato Fine Art, London.
FIT, AllanNederpelt Gallery, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Excalibur Foundry Sculpture Show, Brooklyn.
Subject|Matter, The Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, England.
Boxing Gloves and Bustiers, Soho20 Gallery, New York.
Seven Easy Steps, Horton Gallery, New York.
Bodyscapes, KUBE Gallery, Poole and Weymouth, England.
Return to Reason, HRL Contemporary, Gallery 77, London.
East Wing Collection 8, Courtauld Art Institute. London.
Beyond Body and Gesture, Stephen Ongpin, London.
The Future Can Wait, Truman Brewery, London.
Dis-locate Festival, Ginza Art Lab, Tokyo.
Ethereal, Motdar, Copenhagen.
The Future Was Then So What Now? Scope, New York.
The Future Can Wait: The New London School. Atlantis Gallery, London.
New Figurative Realism, Clapham Art Gallery, London.
The Mouse that Roared, Project 133, London.
Twenty to One, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London.
New Works by Graduates, Slade School of Fine Art, London. Curated by James Roberts.
Young Gods, Clapham Art Gallery. Selected 2004 graduates.
A Little Flat in Kensington, curated by Maria Walsh and Sophie Loss. Act 03: Disorder, Central Station, London
Bolsa para projetos e pesquisa de membros do corpo docente.
Bolsa para viagens de pesquisa, Purdue University, Lafayette, EUA.
Bolsa Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York.
Furla Art Prize – 5th Moscow International Young Art Biennial. 2010 A.I.R. Gallery
Fellowship, New York.
Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Prize, Kenneth Armitage Foundation, London.
Fonderia Artística Battaglia, Milão, Italy
Residency 80121, Napoli, Italy
Pivô Arte e Pesquisa, Residência Artística, São Paulo, Brazil.
Vancouver Sculpture Biennale International Residency, Canada.
FAAP (Fundação Armando Álvarez Penteado), São Paulo, Brazil.
Residência Artística, Marrakesh, Marrocos, pela 4a Bienal de Marrakesh.
Sculpture Space, Utica, N.Y. Residência Artística Autodirigida de Inverno.
Self-Directed Winter Residency, The Banff Arts Centre, Alberta, Canada.
Dumbo Arts Center in collaboration with the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn: more than one at once, a one night wome artists’ film and video screening.
Guest Projects, Yinka Shonibare’s space in Hackney, London: PHYSICAL CENTER, a two month programa de performances, palestras de ciencia and filmes.
291 Gallery, Hackney, London: Co-curated Act Art 02, live art, durational performance, video, painting and sculpture show.
Codognato, Mario; Hannah, Dehlia; Samman, Nadim. Orogenesis, Trolley Books, London; 2019.
Chuner, Rachel; Juliana Cerqueira Leite: Arsenal Contemporary, New York, in Artforum Magazine, Vol. 57, No. 5, January 2019.
Hannah, Dehlia; Hopeless Utopia, in Frieze Magazine, Issue 188, June 2017.
Griffith, Phillip; Juliana Cerqueira Leite: Intransitive, in The Brookyn Rail, April 2016; Industry City, New York.
Jones, Amelia; Material Traces: Performativity, Artistic “Work” and New Concepts of Agency, in The Drama Review, Winter 2015, Vol. 59, No. 4: 18-35. MIT Press.
Clark, Robert & Sherwin, Skye; This Week’s New Exhibitions: Juliana Cerqueira Leite and Gary Webb, The Guardian Newspaper, Friday 11, April 2014.
Guglielmino, Giorgio; This is Now: A Geographical Guide to Cutting Edge Contemporary Art, Umberto Allemandi & C., Torino: 2013.
Jones, Ameila; Material Traces, Leonard and Ellen Bina Gallery, Concordia University Press. On occasion of the exhibition Material Traces, 2013.
Samman, Nadim Julien; ‘Juliana Cerqueira Leite – Portmanteau’, Third Text, Routledge, No.121, Vol. 27, Issue 2, March, 2013.
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