(this page was last updated in July 2017)
São Paulo, Brazil, 1967.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Represented by Galeria Eduardo Fernandes.
PIPA 2017 nominee.
Vicente de Mello graduated in Social Communications from Estácio de Sá University and further studied Art History and Brazil Architecture, in Pontificial Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He has worked in the Photography Department at the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art from 1989 to 1998. He has been developing his photography research, first presented in 1992, with series such as: Topografia Imaginária (1994 -1997), Os negativos estão em meu poder (1992 – 2016), Moiré (1995), Noite americana (1998 – 2014), Bestiário (1997), Vermelhos telúricos (2001 – 2016), Galáctica (2000 – 2016), Herbária (2009), SLIDETRIP (2001 – 2013), O Cinematógrafo (2009 – 2015), Quantas ASAS tem um Pixel? (2007 – 2105), STROBO ( 2009), Pli selon pli (2010), Orquestra de trombones (2010), Silent City (2012), Lapidus (2013), Opere (2013), Sete dias (2014), Ultramarino(2015), Fugitivo / Pequod (2015), Zoom Cabinet (2106), Notlim Olhetob (2106).
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2017:
In 2002, curated the exhibition “Fotograma Invisível”, at Antonio Berni Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, presenting photographers Alex Lima, Bernardo Pinheiro, Dani Dacorso e Gabriel Jauregui. In 2006 published the book Áspera Imagem, edited by Aeroplano Publishing, an edition which accompanied the travelling exhibition “moiré.galáctica.bestiário: Vicente de Mello Photographies 1995-2006”, presented at Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, curated by Jean-Luc Monterroso, Maison Européenne de la Photographie director, and Alberto Saraiva, Oi Futuro curator.
In 2007, won the Art Critics Association Prize for best photography exhibition in São Paulo, with “moiré.galáctica.bestiário: Vicente de Mello Photographies 1995-2006”.
In 2010 was invited by Cosac Naify Publishing to carry out an exclusive photoshoot for book Maria, about the sculptress Maria Martins, organised by editor Charles Cosac and Dawn Ades, history of art and theory professor in Essex University, United Kingdom.
In 2012, Vicente was the first Brazilian artist to be invited to participate in a residency programme at Espace Photographie Contretype, in Brussels, Belgium. He presented the series “Silent City” as result of the residency, in May 2013, at Contretype Gallery and in the book Bruxelles à l’ infini.
In 2013, the photographs from series “Brasília Utopia Lírica”, were presented in Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, travelling to Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre in Brasília, 2015.
In 2014, launched his second book on his work, Parallaxis, through Cosac Naify Publishing, with introduction by Jean-Luc Monterosso, Maison Européenne de la Photographie director.
Vicente has edited the book-object “O Cinematógrafo”, through the Prize Artist Book of the Culture Office of the São Paulo State.
In 2013, was mentioned in the book Fotografia na arte brasileira século XXI, edited by Cobogó Publishing.
His installation “Death Valley” was presented at the Parque Lage stables, in Rio de Janeiro, and “Deserto do Céu” exhibition, in partnership with Tomás Ribas, curated by Frederico Coelho.
In 2015 Vicente won the Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre Prize, presenting the installation “Ultramarino”.
In September 2016, as a curator-artist, created the show “Indelével”, with Iole de Freitas, Janaina Tschape, Maria Laet, Lenora de Barros e Virginia de Medeiros, at Jacarandá, Villa Aymores, Rio de Janeiro.
Belongs to artist collective Arte Clube Jacarandá, created by Carlos Vergara and Raul Mourão.
“Ultramarino” – Vicente de Mello – 2015
Fotolivro de Vicente de Mello discute o cerne da imagem fotográfica – 2014
Interrompendo Artistas: Vicente de Mello – 2012
Projeto Interrompendo Artistas, do curso de Katia Maciel e André Parente – Escola de Comunicação da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
Vicente de Mello – 2010
Enciclopédia Itaú Cultural