Caetano Dias

(this page was last updated in July 2016)

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Feira de Santana, Brazil, 1959.
Lives and works in Salvador, Brazil.

Represented by Paulo Darzé Galeria de Arte.

PIPA 2011, 2015 nominee.

Caetano Dias is a multi-media artist with more than twenty years’ experience. He began his career with experimentations in painting, using skin as a reference. In the 1990s, he began using photography to express his developing poetics. He approximated the erotic and the sacred with images appropriated from the Internet in his photographic series Santos Populares (Folk Saints).

During the first decade of the twenty-first century, Caetano began producing a series of installations, sculptures and videos that more deeply explored the body/identity and sacred/sexuality relationship. He did this by working with world cultural icons in dialogue with serious social-cultural issues of the state of Bahia and Brazil. With his video Uma (One) depicting scenes between a couple caught on a beach in Salvador, he took part in the First Latin-American Film Festival of São Paulo, in 2005, and in the Interconnect exhibit, organized by ZKM, a German media and art center, in 2006.

Caetano has taken part in the Mercosur, Valencia and Buenos Aires Biennials and the BelleVille/Nuit Blanche Biennial in Paris, and exhibited at group and solo shows in Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, the United States and Canada. His work has been acquired by institutions like the Inter-American Development Bank (Brasília), the Assis Chateaubriand Collection, Casa de las Américas (Cuba), the Museums of Modern Art in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, the Afro-Brazil Museum (São Paulo), and the Berardo Museum (Lisbon), among others.

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