Matias Mesquita

(this page was last updated in March 2020)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1976.
Lives and works in Brasilia, Brazil.

Represented by A Gentil Carioca and Zipper Galeria.

PIPA 2016 nominee. 

PIPA 2020 Nominating Committee Member.

Graduated in Industrial Design / Visual Communication from PUC-Rio in 1999, Matias Mesquita initiates his professional career in the production of animated video-clips, some of them awarded by MTV Video Music Awards Brazil, also working at the animation studio 2D Lab. He begins to attend the course “ARTE HOJE: Atitudes contemporâneas”, at the Escola de Artes Visuais (School of Visual Arts) Parque Lage in 2009 and begins his career as a visual artist. 

He participates in group exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro, at the galleries A Gentil Carioca, Luciana Caravello, and AmareloNegro; in São Paulo, at the galleries Emma Thomas and Oscar Cruz; and in  Phoenix, USA, at phICA. 

In 2011, he was awarded the third place at the Prêmio 20º Encontro de Artes de Atibaia/ São Paulo and with the IBRAM Prize at Art RIO fair, so he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to visual arts since then.

In 2012, he holds his first solo exhibition at Gentil Carioca, in Rio de Janeiro, and again in 2013. In the following years, he continued to make solo exhibitions at Elefante Centro Cultural, in Brasília, at Zipper Galeria, in São Paulo, and recently he has exhibited at Matias Brotas Arte Contemporânea, in Vitória, Brazil.
Since 2013 he lives and works in Brasília, Brazil, where, along with the cultural producer Flavia GImenes, he’s founded the Elefante Centro Cultural, autonomous art space in which artists and curators are invited to develop their projects of contemporary production. The space had even been under the care of the curators Cinara Barbosa and Manuel Neves. But in 2019, it has ceased its activities.

Website: cargocollective.com/matiasmesquita

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