Mariana Palma

(this page was last updated in March 2023)

São Paulo, Brazil, 1979.
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.

Represented by Millan Gallery

PIPA 2010, 2011 and 2012 nominnee.

Mariana Palma’s work takes the form of paintings, watercolors, and photographs, in which colors and images of nature are explored in various formats and technical solutions. In her paintings, which can reach large dimensions, the canvas’s entire surface is covered by complex chromatic patterns obtained through the marbling technique. Over them, compositions with disparate elements are created, such as tiles, drains, plants, flowers, and fabrics. Combining a precise rhythmic composition with a dramaticity that evokes Baroque painting, the images created by Palma at times make the creases and veins of the petals and the drapery undistinguishable and at other times disrupt elemental premises of painting, such as figure and background, the distinction between planes, and the notions of portrait and landscape.


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