Leandro Vieira

(this page was last updated in August 2020)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1983.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PIPA 2020 nominee.

The carioca Leandro Vieira, a visual artist graduated at Escola de Belas Artes da UFRJ, has been acting in the Carnaval scene since 2015. He is in charge of the artistic projects of Estação Primeira de Mangueira, and won two championships: in 2016, with “Maria Betânia – A menina dos olhos de Oyá”; in 2019, with “História pra ninar gente grande”. In the last years, he has been developing conceptual proposals that exceed the parades on the avenue. In 2017, his production, which deals with popular religiosity, the base of Mangueira’s “enredo” that year, was documented by IPHAN (Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional) on the publication “Arte e Patrimônio no carnaval da Mangueira” and taken to the Paço Imperial do Rio de Janeiro in a solo exhibition called “Bastidores de Criação – Arte aplicada ao Carnaval”. In 2018, Leandro created the interactive installation “Carnaval: grito de quê?”, developed in partnership with the artist Ernesto Neto, for the exhibition “O Rio de samba: resistência e reinvenção”, which took place in Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR). In his most recent parade – Mangueira, 2020 – he faced the conservative resistance when he presented Christ’s biography with political and social contemporary nuances.

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