Maxwell Alexandre

(this page was last updated in June 2020)

Rio de Janeiro, RJ,
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, RJ.

Represented by A Gentil Carioca.

 PIPA Prize 2019 and 2020 nominee.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1990, Maxwell Alexandre graduated in Design from PUC-RJ in 2016 and, in 2009, participated in the ‘Curso de Fotografia para registros das Obras do PAC’ (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento) making photographic records of the Rio de Janeiro favelas. The artist’s urban poetics consists in the construction of narratives and scenes structured from his daily experiences in the city and in Rocinha, the community where he lives and works. On different supports like doors and iron frames emerge anonymous personages in recurrent situations in the favelas. They are large-format paintings in which the black bodies are presented in an empowered way, but also in moments of confrontation with the police, portraying a radically contemporary community routine. 

Video produced by Do Rio Filmes, exclusively for PIPA Prize 2020:

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