(this page was last updated in August 2021)
São Paulo, Brazil, 1986.
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
PIPA 2021 nominee.
Renan Teles, 1986, is an afro-indigenous visual artist born in São Paulo – Brazil. Photography is his principal tool and source in his creative process, playing a massive part in his research and experimental studies in image as narrative and as instrument for relational art. As a result, Renan Teles has a distinctive series of work materialized in photography, painting and other media.
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Renan Teles works converge on identity questions about black and poor territories, blackness, afrofuturism and his native american Xacriaba ancestry; sexuality, erotism and masculinity. Lately has created portraits in scenes of monumental scale about his mostly black and native american family; has created series that dive into manhood and masculinity, afrofuturistic procedural images and encounters in black suburbs that results in photographs where he mixes fiction and reality.
His last solo show was in 2020, called “Esmeraldas não é Cohab porque tem elevador/Our ‘projects’ is not that poor, we got elevators”, at O.C. Alfredo Volpi, in São Paulo. A series made with the support from the City of São Paulo through the artistic group Fotografia Popular Brasileira — which includes visual artist Nalu Rosa, and Rogério Melo and Esther Massoni, cultural producers. During this period Renan Teles taught free classes of photography, bringing contemporary art discussions to his neighbors, while creating portraits and scenes in his suburbs buildings where he was born and still lives.
Among other solo shows are: “Fotografia Popular Brasileira/Popular Brazilian Photography” at O.C. Oswald de Andrade in 2018 and “Estudos para jato de tinta/Inkjet studies” at the Murillo La Greca Museum in 2014. Also, Renan Teles has participated around Brazil in a great number of group shows, such as: Prêmio EDP nas Artes/EDP Art Prize in 2012; 14º Salão Nacional de Artes de Itajaí in 2018; IV, VI and X Prêmio Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia/Photography Prize “Diário Contemporâneo”; Arte Londrina 8 and 25° Salão Anapolino de Arte in 2020.
– Industrial design, FMU (Graduation)
– Photographic processes, Senac (Thecnical)
– “Esmeraldas não é Cohab porque tem elevador”, O.C. Alfredo Volpi, São Paulo, Brazil
– “Fotografia Popular Brasileira”, Ocupação Cultural Mateus Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
– “Fotografia Popular Brasileira”, Centro Cultural da Penha, São Paulo, Brazil
– “Fotografia Popular Brasileira”, O.C. Oswald de Andrade, São Paulo, Brazil
– “Fotografia Popular Brasileira”, O.C. Alfredo Volpi, São Paulo, Brazil
– “Estudos para jato de tinta”, Museu Murillo La Greca, Recife, Brazil
– Acervo Rotativo, online, @acervorotativo
– 25° Salão Anapolino de Arte, Anápolis, Brazil
– Arte Londrina 8, Londrina, Brazil
– “Amigo Secreto”, Espaço Ativo, Inst. Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
– 10° Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia, artista convidado, Belém, Brazil
– “Liquidificador”, Espaço Ativo, Inst. Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
– 14° Salão Nacional de Artes de Itajaí, Itajaí, Brazil
– VII Prêmio Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia, Belém, Brazil
– 47° Salão de Arte Contemporânea de Piracicaba, Piracicaba, Brazil
– 2° Arte Londrina, Londrina, Brazil
– IV Prêmio Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia, Belém, Brazil
– 31° Arte Pará, Belém, Brazil
– XI Bienal do Recôncavo, São Félix, Brazil
– Prêmio EDP nas Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
– 43° Salão de Arte Contemporânea de Piracicaba, Piracicaba, Brazil
– VII Salão de Artes Plásticas de Suzano, Suzano, Brazil
– Coleção Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia , Museu UFPA/Casa das Onze Janelas, Belém, Brazil
– Acervo Rotativo, curated by Laerte Ramos