Mano Penalva

(this page was last updated in August 2023)

Salvador, Brazil, 1987
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil
Represented by Portas Vilaseca, Simões de Assis and LLANO galleries

PIPA Prize 2023 nominee

Mano Penalva’s production comes from the displacement of everyday objects, reflecting the artist’s interest in Anthropology and Material Culture. Through mediums such as sculpture, installation, painting, photography and video, Penalva proposes new aesthetic arrangements based on retail sales strategies, his own experience of collecting stories and the observation of the field between the Home and the Street. With his artworks, Penalva emphasizes the idea that the exponential proliferation of objects and images is not intended to train our perception or consciousness, but rather invite us to merge with them.

Penalva holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2008). He attended art courses at Parque Lage for 7 years (2005-2011). He founded the artist-run space and studio Massapê Projetos that focuses on critical art thinking and production. In recent years he has participated in several artistic residencies such as Casa Wabi – Puerto Escondido (Mexico) 2021, Fountainhead Residency – Miami (USA) 2020, LE26by/ Felix Frachon Gallery – Brussels (Belgium) 2019, AnnexB – New York (USA) 2018, Penthouse Art Residence – Brussels (Belgium) 2018, RAT – Artistic Residence for Exchange – Mexico City (Mexico) 2017, Pop Center – Camelódromo Porto Alegre (Brazil) 2017.


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