About the Prize

(this page was last updated in February 2020)

PIPA Prize

PIPA Prize is an initiative of  PIPA Institute. It was created in 2010 to be the most prominent Brazilian prize in the Visual Arts. From 2010 to 2018, PIPA had a partnership with MAM-Rio.


The Prize was created with the aim to promote Brazilian art and artists by stimulating the domestic contemporary art production; motivating and supporting new (but not necessarily young) Brazilian artists; besides being an alternative model for the third sector.


PIPA’s goal is to award and give visibility to artists that have been distinguished by their works and who are already known in the Brazilian art scene. It is not to reveal new artists. It is an award.

There are no entries to run for the Prize. The artists that take part in the Award are nominated by the Nominating Committee, which changes yearly.

It is held annually and any artists with works in any media can be nominated, without age restrictions.

View below a diagram explaining the dynamic of the Prize:



  • PIPA Finalists = each of the four finalists receive a donation of R$30.000.
  • PIPA winner = Receives an extra donation of R$30.000,00 for the development of a project. The winner is selected by the Award Jury.
  • PIPA Online winner = The most voted artist by the end of the second round receives R$ 15.000,00.


The Board is the PIPA’s senior management body, composed of five to eight members, including representatives of PIPA Institute and renowned art experts invited for each edition.

Representatives of PIPA Institute:

Roberto Vinhaes – founder of IP Capital Partners, PIPA Global Investments and PIPA Institute

Lucrécia Vinhaes – coordinator and Board member of PIPA Institute

Luiz Camillo Osorio – former chief curator of MAM-Rio (2009-2015), Head of the Philosophy Department at PUC-Rio, and curator of PIPA Institute

Invited Board members 2019: Flavio Pinheiro (Executive Superintendent of Instituto Moreira Salles), Kiki Mazzucchelli (independent Curator), Marcelo Mattos Araújo (Head of Japan House, São Paulo, Head of IBRAM from 2016-2018 and member of the São Paulo’s Culture Deparment from 2012-2016), Moacir dos Anjos (Fine Arts Coordinator at Fundação Joaquim Nabuco), Luís Antônio Almeida Braga (art collector) and Tadeu Chiarelli (Head of Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo from 2015 to 2017 and professor at USP, Brazil).

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee chooses who will run for PIPA, since the Prize is not open for applications.

They are a set of 20 (twenty) to 40 (forty) art experts, invited in each edition, by the PIPA Board, Brazilian or foreign, who work with contemporary art, as established artists, art critics, collectors, gallerists, and curators.
Each member of the Nominating Committee will indicate up to 3 (three) artists qualified to participate in the award.

Award Jury

A group of 5 (five) to 7 (seven) members, invited by the PIPA Board, who will select the winner of PIPA among the 4 (four) finalists.


From 2010 to 2018, in an association between PIPA and the Museum of Modern Art of Rio, the finalists’ exhibitions – of which the four finalists participate – were held at MAM-Rio. In 2019, the exhibition took place at Villa Aymoré, Glória, Rio de Janeiro.


All participating artists of each edition are featured in the Prize’s catalogue.
PIPA catalogues are not for sale, but can be downloaded here on our website.


PIPA Institute was established in 2009, and the first initiative was to create PIPA Prize.

Curator of PIPA Institute and PIPA Prize

Luiz Camillo Osorio is the Curator of PIPA Institute and one of the founders of PIPA Prize.
He is a Professor and current Director of the Philosophy Department at PUC-Rio.
Camillo was the Curator of MAM-Rio between 2009 and 2015
was the curator for the Brazilian Pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2015.

PIPA Institute and the PIPA Prize coordination are under the responsibility of:

Lucrécia Vinhaes
Luiz Motta
Rodrigo Lobo
Áthilas Lima
Patrícia Bello
Eleina Coutinho
Mariana Casagrande

Alexia Carpilovski

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