Adriana Varejao  (Brazilian, 1964) 

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Adriana Varejao (Brazilian, b.1964) is an artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and installation projects. She lives in Rio de Janeiro and is considered to be one of Brazil's most notable contemporary artists. She uses the pain and pleasure found in her country's colonial past, in conjunction with art history and architecture, as inspiration to create beautiful and thought-provoking art.

This contemporary artist came into prominence in the late 1990s with her provocative work in large-scale paintings featuring Portuguese ceramic tiles; however, she then moved on to include other mediums within her work. Her tile work features coldly beautiful spa settings that seem to invoke the feel of cracks beneath the beautiful surface. She uses color and shadow to create visually beautiful pieces that hint at hidden mysteries, and this is especially prominent in several of her 2004 tile pieces. The dramatic titles of these works—A Diva (The Diva), O Sedutor (The Seducer), O Obsceno (The Obscene), and O Obsessivo (The Obsessive) —are in stark contrast to the seemingly Minimalist nature of her paintings. The result is that viewers want to know more about each work to discover how the titles relate to the pieces.

Varejao's work was prominently featured in the Brazil - Body & Soul exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She has had solo exhibits in museums worldwide, including the Victoria Miro Gallery in London, the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, Soledad Lorenzo in Madrid, and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Several museums have included her work in their long-term and permanent collections, including the Tate Museum in London, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. In 2008, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Inhotim in Brazil created a permanent pavilion to display Varejao's artwork.

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Adriana Varejao, Tintas Polvo

 

Adriana Varejao
Tintas Polvo
2013

Galeria Fortes Vilaça
Adriana Varejao, Polvo Oil Colors

 

Adriana Varejao
Polvo Oil Colors
2013

Victoria Miro Gallery
Adriana Varejao, Sand Castle

 

Adriana Varejao
Sand Castle
2011

Victoria Miro Gallery
Adriana Varejao, Vitória Régia (tríptico)

 

Adriana Varejao
Vitória Régia (tríptico)
2013

Victoria Miro Gallery
Adriana Varejao, Installation Shot, Victoria Miro Gallery, 2011

 

Adriana Varejao
Installation Shot, Victoria Miro Gallery, 2011
Victoria Miro Gallery
Adriana Varejao, Installation Shot, Victoria Miro Gallery, 2011

 

Adriana Varejao
Installation Shot, Victoria Miro Gallery, 2011
Victoria Miro Gallery
Adriana Varejao, Installation Shot, Victoria Miro Gallery 2011

 

Adriana Varejao
Installation Shot, Victoria Miro Gallery 2011
Victoria Miro Gallery
Adriana Varejao, Olho d'Água

 

Adriana Varejao
Olho d'Água
2010

Victoria Miro Gallery
Adriana Varejao, Plate with Clams

 

Adriana Varejao
Plate with Clams
2011

Victoria Miro Gallery
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Adriana Varejao, O Dilúvio

 

Adriana Varejao
O Dilúvio, 1985
oil on canvas

 

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Adriana Varejao, Cristo

 

Adriana Varejao
Cristo, 1988
oil on canvas

 

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Adriana Varejao, Cannibal and Nostalgic

 

Adriana Varejao
Cannibal and Nostalgic, 1998
digital c-print

 

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1964   Nasceu no [ Born in ] Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 1964
  Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro
2005   Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo (solo)
2005   Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa, Portugal (solo)
2005   Fondation Cartier Pour L´art Contemporain, Paris, França (solo)
2005   inSite_05: Farsites: Urban crisis and domestic symptoms in recent contemporary art, curadoria de Adriano Pedrosa, San Diego, Califórnia, EUA
2005   5ª Bienal de Arte do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brasil
2005   Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits, San Diego Museum of Art, California, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, The National Portrait Smithsonian International Gallery at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, USA
2004   Latin Visions - a collector's insight, Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island, New York
2004   Extended Painting, Victoria Miro Gallery, Londres, Reino Unido
2004   Novas aquisições 2003 - Coleção Gilberto Chateaubriand, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2004   Panorama da Arte Brasileira, MAMAM, Recife, Brasil
2004   We come in peace... Histories of the Americas - Musée d'Art
2004   Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canadá
2004   Yanomami, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2003   Sauna Paintings, Victoria Miro Gallery, Londres (solo)
2003   Lehmann Maupin, Nova York, EUA (solo)
2002   Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madri, Espanha (solo)
2002   Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil (solo)
2002   Victoria Miro Gallery, Londres, Inglaterra (solo)
2001   Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto, Portugal (solo)
2001   Azulejões, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (solo)