Mariana Maia

(this page was last updated in May 2024)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1984
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

PIPA Prize 2024 nominee

Mariana Maia is a multilingual artist and researches images of black women, the aesthetics related to the periphery, in their relationships with African-based religiosity. She has a degree in Art History, with a Masters in Arts from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). She works as an Arts Teacher at the Rio de Janeiro Public School. She also works as Curator, Cultural Producer and Teaching Artist at the Museum of Afro-Brazilian History and Culture (MUHCAB). The artist’s works are in the collections of MUHCAB and MAR (Brazil).

She has presented the solo exhibition “CoroAção” (Galeria Desvio/ RJ, 2019). Maia has participated in the following group exhibitions: “Brazilian Abolitionists” (MAR, 2024), “Mãemória” (Instituto dos Pretos Novos/RJ, 2024), “Passeio Público” (Caixa Cultural/RJ, 2023), “Maternagem” (SESC Duque de Caxias, 2023), “Women Latin Artists” (ArtRio, 2022), “Pixinguinha: a maestro batuta” (MAR, 2022). The artist took part in the international artistic residency “In Rio, there is a city that separates us” (Cunts Collective, 2021). She acted and scripted the following short films: “Trouxa de Ouro” (2021), “Quatro Ôrí” (2021), “Mãe do Entardecer” (2020), “CoroAção” (2019), “Já temos assento” (2018), which were shown at several festivals and exhibitions in Brazil and abroad. She was the Curator of the exhibitions “Contemporânea Ancestral” (2023), “Abarcar Origens de Aparecida Silva” (2022), and “1st Margem Visual Festival: peripheral performance on the network” (2021).

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