Raul Mourão

(this page was last updated in July 2016)


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1967.
Lives and works between New York, USA and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Represented by Lurixs and Galeria Nara Roesler.

PIPA 2012 and 2016 nominee.

Studied at Parque Lage’s School of Visual Arts (Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage) and has been exhibiting since 1991. Mourão’s work includes the production of drawings, engravings, paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, texts, installations and performances. His pieces, constructed of various materials, develop an artistic vocabulary with elements of the urban visuality displaced from their usual context. Among them are references to sports, architecture, bars and the marking of public works.

Since 2010, his series of kinetic sculptures was shown in the solo exhibitions: “Balanço Geral”, at Atelier Subterrânea, Porto Alegre; “Cuidado Quente”, at Nara Roesler Gallery, São Paulo; and “Chão, Parede e Gente”, at Lurixs Gallery, Rio de Janeiro. An also in the group exhibitions “Projetos (in)Provados”, at Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro; “Ponto de Equilíbrio”, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo; “Mostra Paralela 2010”, at “Liceu de Artes e Ofícios”, São Paulo; and “Travessias”, at Centro de Arte Bela Maré, Rio de Janeiro.

As a curator and producer, Mourão organised individual exhibitions of artists Fernanda Gomes, Cabelo, Tatiana Grinberg, Brigida Baltar and  João Modé, amongst others, and group exhibitions: “Travessias 2” (Galpão Bela Maré, Rio de Janeiro), “Love’s House” (Hotel Love’s House, Rio de Janeiro) and “Outra Coisa” (Museu da Vale, Vila Velha). He was the editor of the art magazine O Carioca e Item, and participated in the general coordination of the multimedia spectacle FreeZone, uniting artists from several areas of Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and São Paulo, under the curatorship of the poet Chacal. Together with Eduardo Coimbra, Luiza Mello and Ricardo Basbaum, Mourão inaugurated and directed the gallery and film production AGORA, which ran from 2000-2002.

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