Award Jury 2014

(this page was last updated in July 2016)

Every year PIPA Board invites five to seven experts in contemporary art to compose the Award Jury. They are responsible for selecting the winner of PIPA (main category) among the four finalists in the current edition.

The Jury 2014 should choose an artist among the four finalists: Alice Miceli, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Thiago Martins de Melo and Wagner Malta Tavares to receive the prize of R$100,000, which includes a three month residency programme in the Residency Unlimited, New York.

The donation and residency can not be pried apart, ie: only an artist among finalists will receive R$100,000, including the funding for the residency program at RU.

These were PIPA 2014 Award Jury members:

  • Agnaldo Farias: One of the most respected curators and art critics in Brazil. He commanded the 29th Bienal de São Paulo in 2011, and has been curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba and the Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul, among others. He is also professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of University of São Paulo.


  • Angelo Venosa: Artist who arrived in the Brazilian art scene during the 1980s. He is one of the few exceptions in what has been termed “Geração 80” (80’s generation Brazilian artists) who is dedicated exclusively to sculpture rather than painting. Since then, Venosa has solidified an artistic career home and abroad, which includes participations in the International São Paulo Biennial (1987), Brazilian Art of the XX Century at the Musée d’Art Moderne de La Ville de Paris (1987), Venice Biennale (1993), and the Mercosul Biennial (2005). In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio) granted him a major solo show to commemorate 30 years of artistic career. This same exhibition later followed to Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2013), where a publication on his works was also launched.


  • Flora Süssekind: Literary critic and university researcher. Doctorate in Languages through PUC-Rio, Flora teaches Brazilian drama and Dramatic literature at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University. She is a researcher of the Philology Department at the Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa Research Centre, since 1981. Among her activities as critic are weekly contributions to the Caderno B at Jornal do Brasil, theatre section, from 1979 to 1985, and a monthly column at the Ideias section, also at Jornal do Brasil, from 1995 to 2000. As well as organiser of several books on literary theory and fiction, Flora has produced many essays on Brazilian literature and other arts.


  • Gilberto Chateaubriand: Collector, diplomat and Brazilian businessman. Holder of one of the largest, most important private collections of modern and contemporary art in Brazil. Assigned through a lease to MAM-Rio in 1993, the collection was made permanently accessible to the public and has been shown regularly in other institutions across Brazil and abroad. About the collection, art critic Roberto Pontual says: “through it, 20th century Brazilian art, from moderns to contemporaneity has its best and most complete illustration”.


  • Luiz Camillo Osorio: art critic, Aesthetics professor at the Philosophy department at PUC-Rio, MAM-Rio curator since 2009 and PIPA organiser and advisor since its creation in 2010. Holds a degree in Economics (1985) through PUC-Rio and a diploma in Modern Art History through the Modern Art Studies London and later achieved a Masters degree and Doctorate in Philosophy through PUC-Rio. Camillo has curated several exhibitions in Brazil and around the world and was recently appointed Brazilian pavilion curator at the 2015 Venice Biennale



The winner is defined during an Award Jury meeting at MAM-Rio. As well as visiting the finalists exhibition, the judges have the opportunity of looking through their portfolios and other material sent by the artists, including a letter where each finalist highlights the importance that participating in the residency programme will have on their career.

Therefore, the Jury decision is based on the portfolio, career, artworks presented at the exhibition and the impact the prize may have on the trajectory of each artists. The weighing of these aspects are up to the judges, being subject to alterations each year.

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