1982, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo.
Working with organic and culinary materials, Nati Canto uses, among others, gelatines, tapiocas, dead dough bread and natural pigments to create objects that can be placed between painting, sculpture and installation. In dialogue with Brazilian art, her production goes beyond the traditional techniques of the artistic field, incorporating cooking techniques into the universe of contemporary art. Her research is focused on the investigation of pleasure, memory, the senses, as well as the grotesque, aroused both by the act of eating and by the questions about permanence posed by the materiality of her works. Therefore, her works reflect the symbology of food and the digestive process in the body.
Nati Canto has a degree in Culinary Arts and has held three solo exhibitions, among which are A Neve, o Sal, a Chuva - Private and Collective Memories, at the Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil, in 2014 and A Falta que nos constitui, curated by Denise Gadelha, at Zipper Galeria, São Paulo, the same year. In 2013 the artist participated in the Prêmio Nova Fotografia do MIS-SP, at Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, where she presented the project A neve, o sal, a chuva – Lembranças particulares e coletivas. She presented a commissioned work at the 13th Mercosul Biennial, 2022. Among her main recent group exhibitions are Vivemos pra isso, organized by the collective Vozes Agudas, at Ateliê397, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, 2022; Prelúdio, at Acaiaca Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 2022; Gross Fictions, at Lage Egal Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2017; The Introductions Show, Tête Gallery, Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2017; and Imagem Mi(g)rante, Zipper Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, 2013.
The artist has participated in artist residencies in Berlin, Germany, 2017, and Shanghai, China, 2013. She has been awarded the II Itamaraty Contemporary Art Prize, an award of the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Brasilia, in 2012. Her work is part of public and private collections, such as the Fundação Cultural João Pessoa - FUNJOPE, João Pessoa, PB; Museu da Imagem e do Som - MIS-SP, São Paulo, SP; Itamaraty - Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brasília, DF; and Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, SP.