Beatriz Milhazes (Brazilian, b.1960) is a painter, printmaker, and collage artist associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement, and best known for her colorful, ornamental surfaces inspired by Brazilian cultural imagery. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she studied social communication at the Faculdades Integradas Hélio Alonso, and the Escola de Artes Visuais. Since 1987, she has worked in a studio in Rio de Janeiro near the city’s botanical gardens, which have inspired the leaf-like patterns in her work. Other influences include the work of landscape architect Roberto Burle, and Modernist painters Tarsila do Amaral and Piet Mondrian. Milhazes saturates the surfaces of her work with baroque patterns that incorporate everyday materials, such as Cacao (2004), which layers floral shapes with chocolate bar wrappers. In 2005, Milhazes completed a commission for the Gloucester Road Tube station, titled Peace and Love, which fills 19 vaulted arches with her signature colorful patterns. She has held solo exhibitions at museums, such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Fondation Cartier in Paris. Her work is included in several museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. She lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

Timeline

1960
Nasceu no [ Born in ] Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
1978–1981
Curso de Comunicação Social SACHA
1980–1982
Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
1986–1996
Taught and coordinated activities at the School of Visual Arts, Lage Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1986–2001
Set design for Companhia Márcia Milhazes Dança Contemporânea
Vive no [ Lives and Works in ] Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Exhibitions

2014
Beatriz Milhazes. Jardim Botanico, Peréz Art Museum, Miami, USA (solo)
2014
Cool Place. Sammlung Scharpff, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
2014
The Fifth Season, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
2014
Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, The McNay Museum, San Antonio, USA
2014
Inventário da Paixao, Museo Histórico National, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014
Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
2014
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, USA
2013
Back Home, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; traveling to Museum Oscar Niemeyer (MON), Curitiba (solo)
2012
Gravuras- Acervo Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, CAIXA Cultural, Rio de Janeiro
2012
Panamericano, Beatriz Milhazes - Pinturas 1999 - 2012, MALBA-Fundacion Costantini, Buenos Aires (solo)
2012
Mulheres nas coleções João Sattamini e MAC de Niterói, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro
2012
Gravura Brasileira no acervo da Pinacoteca de São Paulo - 100 Anos de História, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo
2012
Joaillier des Arts, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris
2012
Eco Art, Centro Municipal de Cultura Dr. Henrique Ordovás Filho, Caxias do Sul
2012
Beatriz Milhazes, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkians, Lisboa
2011
Mathématiques, un dépaysement soudain, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris
2011
Vestígios de Brasilidade, Santander Cultural, Recife
2011
A Giant by Thine Own Nature, IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
2011
Mulheres, Artistas e Brasileiras, Palácio do Planalto, Praça dos Três Poderes
2011
Whitechapel Gallery, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach (solo)
2011
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2011
Fondation Beyeler, Basel (solo)
2010
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (solo)
2010
40, Texas Gallery, Houston TX
2010
Banners of Persuasion. Demons, Yarns & Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists, James Cohan Gallery, New York
2009
When Lives Become Form, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2009
Fondation Cartier, Paris, France (solo)
2008
James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008
Retrospective, Pinacoteca do Estacao, Sao Paolo, Brazil (solo)
2008
Prospect .1 New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, curated by Dan Cameron
2008
Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
2008
"The Tropics. Views from the Middle of the Globe," Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
2007
Galerie Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paolo, Brasil (solo)
2007
Itaú Cultural, Sáo Paulo, Brazil, “Itaú Contemporâneo – Arte no Brasil de 1981 a 2006
2007
Museum of Modern Art, New York, What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection
2007
Instituto Tome Ohtake, Sáo Paulo, Brazil, 80/90 Modernos Pós Modernos, etc.
2007
Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, Missouri, “Cardinal Points/Puntos Cardinales: A Survey of Contemporary Latino and Latin American Art from the Sprint Nextel Art Collection
2007
Paço Imperial, do Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional – IPHAN
2007
Ministério da Cultura, “Exposição Comemorativa de 70 Anos do IPHAN”
2007
James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, Beatriz Milhazes, New Prints (solo)
2007
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (November) (solo)
2006
Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan, France, Dear Friends
2006
Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
2006
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, POPulence
2006
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, Betweeen Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection
2006
Centro Cultural do Santander Banespa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, É HOJE na Arte Brasiliera Contemporânea” curated by Gilberto Chateaubriand
2006
Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo- Grande Sala, SP, Brazil, Sem Título, 2006
2006
Comodato Eduardo Brandão e Jan Fjeld
2006
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Since 2000: Printmaking Now
2006
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, Off the Shelf: New forms in Contemporary Artists’ Books
2006
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006
Los Usos de la Pintura II, Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2006
Beatriz Milhazes, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin-Mitte, Germany
2006
Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico (solo)
2006
Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Los Usos de la Pintura II”, curated by Julieta Gonzalez
2005
Peace and Love, commissioned by Platform for Art, Gloucester Road Tube
2005
Joa, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
2005
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, Print Publisher’s Spotlight: Durham Press
2005
Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Mezanino out/nov Belo Horizonte MG, Brazil, Lagoa (solo)
2005
POPulence, Blaffer Gallery – The Art Museum of The University of Houston, Texas, USA
2005
Flower Myth - Van Gogh to Jeff Koons, Foundation Beyeler, Basel, Suíça
2005
Stephen Friedman Gallery, Londres, GB (solo)
2004
Meu Prazer, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil (solo)
2004
Gávea, Projeto Brasil 40º , Desenho para a fachada da loja de departamentos Selfridges & Co, Manchester, GB
2004
Moma at el Museo -Latin American and Caribbean art from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Bairro, Nova York, USA
2004
XXVI Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil
2004
The Encounters in the 21st Century: Polyphony - Emerging Resonances, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japão
2004
Ice Hot Recent Painting from the Scharpff Collection, Hamburger Kunstalle, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Hamburg Germany
2004
Estratégias Barrocas – Arte Contemporânea Brasileira, Centro Cultural Metropolitano de Quito, Equador
2004
Natureza-Morta/Still Life, Julho a Novembro de 2004 curadoria Kátia Canton, Galeria de Arte do Centro Cultural SESI, São Paulo
2004
Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil, “Meu Prazer” (solo)
2004
James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, “Summertime” (solo)
2004
Flower as Image-From Monett to Jeff Koons; Louisiana Museum, Dinamark
2004
Polyphony: Emerging Resonances, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,
2004
The Flower as Image, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
2003
Pavilhão Brasileiro [ Brazilian Pavilion ] L Biennale Internazionale d’ Arte, Veneza, Itália
2003
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan, France, Domaine de Kerguehennec (solo)
2003
Beatriz Milhazes, Domaine de Kerguéhennec-Centre d'Art Contemporain, Bignan, França (solo)
2003
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Alemanha (solo)
2002
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, GB (solo)
2002
Mares do Sul, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (solo)
2002
Artist’s Book Project, Museum of Modern Art, New York, EUA (solo)
2002
Urgent painting, Musee d'Art Moderne de La Ville de Paris, France
2001
Hybrids, Tate Liverpool, UK
2001
Viva a Arte Brasileira, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2001
Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
2001
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, GB (solo)
2001
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, EUA (solo)
2001
Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2001
Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
2000
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000
Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil (solo)
2000
Projects 70, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2000
Faicciones, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
1999
Transvanguarda Latino Americana, Culturguest, Lisbon, Portugal
1999
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (solo)
1998
Anna Niemeyer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
1998
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France (solo)
1998
Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
1998
XXIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
1998
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
1997
Decorative Strategies, Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA
1997
Group Show, Kunstmuseum, Heidenheim, Germany
1997
Abstract Painting, Once Removed, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA
1997
Museo Alfredo Andersen, Curitiba, Brazil, “Beatriz Milhazes, 1989/1993” (solo)
1997
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1996
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1996
Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil, catalogue (solo)
1996
Theories of the Decorative, Baumgarther Galleries Inc., Washington DC, USA; travelling to
1996
Centro de Artes Calouste Gulbenkian, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1995
Projecto Finep, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1995
"Carnegie International," The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
1995
Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1994
Ana Maria Niemayer Galeria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
1993
Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil, catalogue (solo)
1991
Subdistrito Comercial de Arte, São Paulo, Brazil, catalogue (solo)
1990
Galeria Saramenha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
1989
Pasárgada Arte Contemporânea, Recife, Brazil (solo)
1989
Bienal International de Cuencas, Cuencas, Ecuador
1988
Galeria Suzana Sassoum, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
1987
Galeria Cesar Ache, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, catalogue (solo)
1985
Galeria Cesar Ache, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)

Public Collections

The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Worcester Art Museum, Massachussetts
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham
Museo TB A21. Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Coleção Berardo, Lisbon
Fundacion La Caixa, Barcelona
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Deutsche Bank Collection, Berlin
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro
Museu de Belas Artes de Caracas, Caracas
Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo
Coleção Banco Itaú, São Paulo
Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
The Bohan Foundation, New York

Literature

2006
Sur La Terre, “Beatriz Milhazes; Une peinture libre, rythmée et audacieuse,” Summer 2006, no.18. p. 92-95
2006
Vogue, “Kurvenstars,” Bernd Skupin, May (German edition) p. 189
2006
Elle Décor, “Beatriz Milhazes,” David Colman, April, v. 17, no. 3, p. 62-64
2006
Istoe, “A pintora braslieira do MoMA e da Copa; Beatriz Milhazes vende obra para museu dos EUA e faz cartaz do mundial,” Celina Cortes, April
2005
Modern Painters, “Dark Side of the Bloom,” Martin Herbert, December 2005-2006 p 78-81
2005
Jungle Drums #31, “How Beautiful,” Tutu Lombardi, December 2005-January 2006 p 10
2005
Guardian Guide, “Beatriz Milhazes,” Jessica Lack, Nov. 26- Dec. 2, p 36
2005
Time Out London, “Beatriz Milhazes,” Stephen Friedman, 7-14 December 2005, p 48
2005
Art News, “Reviews: New York,” James Cohan, February, p. 133-134
2005
Metro, “Peace and Love on Platform,” Nov. 24 2005, p 52
2004
KASA- Decoracao e design, “Belas Artes,” Luiz Claudo Rodrigues, Vol 2, No. 13 p 82
2004
Jornal Folha de Sao Paulo, “A Geometria que Explode o Quadrado e o Circulo,” Luiz Roberto Goncalves, Sunday, May 2
2004
Jornal do Brasil, “A Cores do Brasil Rumo ao Japao,” Gilbert de Abreu, Vol B, No. 4, March 31
2004
Gazeta Mercantil, “A Herdeira das Coler de Tarsila,” Elaine Bittencourt, weekend issue, No. 6, April 24-25
2004
Jornal O Globo, “Arcevo do MOMA mostra Como os EUA Veem a Arte Latino- Americana,” Helena Celestino, Vol 2, No. 6, March 26
2004
Art on Paper, “Graphic Exuberance- Beatriz Milhazes, Copacabana,” Vol 8 No. 3, January/February, p 32-33
2004
Valor, “Prazeres da Arte,” Leila Gouvea, weekend issue, April 16-18
2004
O Estado de Sao Paulo, “A Vertiginosa Pintura de Beatriz Milhazes,” Maria Hirszman, Vol 2, No. 2, p 8, April 19
2004
Revista Epoca, “Colecionadora de Imagens,” Beatriz Velloso, April 19, No. 309, pp 110- 111
2003
Vogue Brasil, “Cores, Nomes,” Celso Fioravante, No. 304, p 180-183
2003
The New York Times Magazine, “Footnotes- Resources, References, and Back Story Behind the Story,” Horacio Silva, March 9, Section 6, p 62
2002
Artforum, “Beatriz Milhazes,” Michael Archer, preview, Semtember, XLI, No. 1, p 84
2002
Flash Art News, “Just What is it Makes Today’s Paris so Different, so Appealing?” Pascal Beausse, March/April
2002
Time Out, “Beatriz Milhazes- Stephen Friedman West End,” Mark Godfrey, May 1-8
2002
The New York Times- Art Guide, “Polly Apfelbaum and Beatriz Milhazes,” April 26, E 34
2002
The New Yorker, “Polly Apfelbaum and Beatriz Milhazes,” May 13
2002
Vitamin P : New perspetive in painting, Meghan Dailey, « Beatriz Milhazes », Phaidon Press, London
2002
Urgent Painting, essai de Patricia Falguières : « 134 vues du monde » ; Julia Garimorth : « Images peintes / Images mécanique » ; et Paulo Herkenhoff : « Entretien avec Julia Garimorth » ; Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris
2001
F(ri)cciones-Versiones del Sur, Adriano Pedosa et Ivo Mesquita, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte reina Sofia, Madrid
2001
Beatriz Milhazes, essai de Paulo Herkenhoff : « Beartriz Milhazes, The Brazilian Trove », introduction de simon Wallis, David Ryam : « Hybrid », Tate Liverpool
2001
Beatriz Milhazes, essai de David Moos : »La leçon de peinture », Ikon Gallery, Birningham, U.S.A.
2001
Espelho Cego, essai de Dan Cameron : »Vislumbres de encantamento » et Marcia Fortes : « O espelho cego », Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro and Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo
2001
Art in America, “Beatriz Milhazes at Edward Thorp,” Carl Littie, May, p 171
2001
Art Review, “State of Art,” Lucy Spriggs, June, p 59
2001
ArtForum, “Beatriz Milhazes,” Philip Auslander, November p 149-150
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. "UltraModern: The Art of contemporary Brasil"