(this page was last updated in August 2023)
Bocaiuva, Brazil, 1987
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
PIPA Prize 2023 nominee
Matheus Mestiço, a self-taught artist, grew up around popular festivities such as Folia de Reis and Catopé. He started his artistic production in 2014, with the intention of rescuing his Afro-indigenous ancestry. The choice of his artistic signature follows the phenotype, but also claims the place of miscegenation as a little-explored Brazilian ethnic-racial identity. His research evokes primitive and subjective elements of enchantment, resulting from the contemplation of Nature and Time as a polishing agent of forms. The artist establishes a relationship with other conceptions of Time, such as mythical, circular and logical time. Through different supports, Mestiço develops an intuitive codification, organizing forms, elements and moments that essentially connect, thus constituting a personal pictorial narrative. Mestiço showed his work for the first time in 2022 at the exhibition “Despertar do Inconsciente” at Casa Bicho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His works are now part of private collections.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2023:
“Entrevista com Matheus Mestiço”, Casa Bicho, 2022. Duration: 01’02”
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