(this page was last updated in August 2023)
Brasília, Brazil, 1989
Lives and works in Brasília, Brazil
Represented by Tachotte & Co.
PIPA Prize 2023 nominee
Marcelo Camara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Universidade de Brasília (UnB, Brazil) and a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the same institution. He works with painting and drawing, investigating the relationship between action and representation, between the figure and the gesture, using reference images – mainly from the history of art – from which his works depart. The works result from looking at canonical images, in a revisitation that ends up undoing what is known. His process is intimately linked to the desire provoked by what he sees and the possibilities of the gesture, leading to a kind of abstraction where the traces, stains and colors suggest rather than define figures or scenes, in an opening of the image that makes one reflect on the ideia of representation itself and about the language of painting. The artist participated in group exhibitions, such as “Do corpo objeto ao animal político”, Arte Londrina 8, UEL/PR (2020), “Entre o tempo e o espaço”, at Galeria Casa/DF (2022), “Sob a luz azul”, A Pilastra/DF (2022), Brazil. He had his first solo exhibition “Variações” at Espaço Cultural Renato Russo in Brasília/DF, in 2022, which was presented in the same year at the Centro Cultural Octo Marques in Goiânia/GO, Brazil.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2023:
“Bobos”, 2019. Duration: 4’51”
Camara’s production consists of investigating the making of painting between action and representation, between the figure and the gesture. The artist explores the pictorial construction using reference images – mainly from the history of art –, from which his paintings depart, in a procedure closely linked to the desire of his gaze and the possibilities of thinking about representation. His work, therefore, constitutes a processing of and a reflection on the very language of painting.
Marcelo Camara holds a BA in Visual Arts from the Universidade de Brasília, UnB (2023), and a degree in Architecture and Urbanism (2015) from the same institution, having participated in an exchange program at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Strasbourg, France (2013-2014). He participated in group exhibitions, such as “Do corpo objeto ao animal político”, Arte Londrina 8, from the Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL)/PR, Brazil, curated by Danillo Villa and Michelle Sommer (2020), “Sob a luz azul”, A Pilastra/DF, Brazil (2022), “Entre o tempo e o espaço”, at Galeria Casa/DF, Brazil, curated by Carlos Lin Silva (2022). He had his first solo exhibition “Variações” at the Espaço Cultural Renato Russo/DF, Brazil, curated by Rodrigo de Almeida Cruz (2022), an exhibition that was presented in the same year at the Centro Cultural Octo Marques in Goiânia/GO, Brazil. He is currently represented by Galeria Tachotte/DF, Brazil.
– BA in Visual Arts, Universidade de Brasília UnB/DF, Brazil
– “Impulsos Poéticos”, course taught by Yná Kabe Rodríguez Olfenza and Gisele Lima, A Pilastra/DF, Brazil
– “Acompanhamento Crítico”, course taught by Gisele Lima and Mariana Destro, A Pilastra/DF, Brazil
– Exchange Program at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg, France
– Degree in Architecture and Urbanism, UnB/DF, Brazil
– “Variações”, curated by Rodrigo de Almeida Cruz, Centro Cultural Octo Marques, Goiânia/GO, Brazil
– “Variações”, curated by Rodrigo de Almeida Cruz, Espaço Cultural Renato Russo, Brasília/DF, Brazil
– “Entre o tempo e o espaço”, curated by Carlos Lin Silva, Casa Gallery, Brasília/DF, Brazil
– “Sob a Luz Azul”, A Pilastra, Brasília/DF, Brazil
– “Brasília em Obra”, Index Gallery, Brasília/DF, Brazil
– “Do Corpo Objeto ao Animal Político”, Arte Londrina 8, curated by Danillo Villa and Michelle Sommer, UEL/PR, Brazil
– “Arte no Apê”, curated by Yara Maya and Gracilene Bessa, Brasília/DF, Brazil
“Um.Artista”, Canal Arte1 TV show episode about the artist, by Markus Avaloni, with guest appearances by Alice Lara and Renata Azambuja
“Diálogos Index, Ep. 4 – Marcelo Camara”, 2021. Duration: 4’12”
“Arte Londrina 8, DO CORPO OBJETO AO ANIMAL POLÍTICO”, 2020. Duration: 9’54”
Work of painting. To recognize that the window that seduces is also a surface that the hand touches, a place where risk lives. That the desire to see makes the drawing. I redo on the canvas the paths of the touch of the look – inconstant, discontinuous – loaded with the tension of the gesture – generous, hesitant, intimate. I then have an image, which registers and condenses forms, details and fragments of experience. Open, uncertain paths, glimpsing possibilities of being.