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São Luís, MA (Brasil), 1981

Lives and works between São Luís, São Paulo (Brazil) and Guadalajara (Mexico).

Visual artist with a master's degree in psychology, Thiago Martins de Melo works with painting, sculpture, installation, stop motion animation and printmaking. His visual language combines different media in visually dense compositions with emphasis on the materiality of painting. Using painting as a starting point, his canvases or objects - usually of large dimensions - narrate battles, syncretic rites and epiphanies, approaching the genre of historical painting and collage. Moving between expressionist and realist techniques, his works incorporate volume, combat objects, mass circulation products, and moving images. The artist composes a meta-narrative scheme in which episodes of anti-colonial struggles are depicted with references to the cultural industry and art history. The brutalism of the gesture condenses distinct techniques and visualities, rendering the immediate perception of mythical figures and scenes opaque. 

Major solo exhibitions include: "Ouroboros Sucuri" Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil (2021); "Necrobrasiliana" - Museu Nacional da República, Brasília, Brazil (2019); "Bárbara Balaclava" - Saco Azul/Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal (2018) and at Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil (2016); "Bárbaro Barroco" - Gamma Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico (2016); “Teatro Nagô-cartesiano e o Corte Azimutal do Mundo” - Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil (2013).

His main participations in group shows, include: "O rio é uma serpente" – 3ª Frestas –Trienal de Artes, SESC Sorocaba, Sorocaba, Brazil (2021); "La diosa verde reloaded" - MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico (2021); "Un continente paraCaliban" - Videobrasil Pop-Up en Factoria Habana, La Habana Vieja, Cuba (2020); “Distribuição de Corpos e Representação das Sombras” - FUSO Festival, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); "Dear Amazon: The Anthropocene" - Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2019); "Brazil V: Guerilla Art - Historical Struggles and Resistances" - 21st Videoex: International Experimental Film & Video Festival Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (2019); "Quem não luta tá morto - arte democracia utopia" - MAR Museude Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2018); “Queermuseu - Cartografias da diferença na Arte Brasileira” - EAV Escola de Artes Visuais, Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2018) and at Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2017); "Verzuimd Braziel - Brasil Desamparado" - 6th CNI SESI SENAI Marcantonio VilaçaAward - MAC-GO Museum of Contemporary Art, Goiânia, Brazil, at the MuseuHistórico Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Centro Dragão do Mar Center de Arte e Cultura, Fortaleza, Brazil, at MASC Museu de Arte de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil (2018), at MuBE Museu Brasileiro da Escultura e Ecologia, São Paulo, Brazil and at Espaço Cultural Marcantonio Vilaça/TCU, Brasília, Brazil (2017); "South South- Let me begin again" - Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); "Panoramas do Sul" - 20º Festival de Arte Contemporânea SESC Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); "New Shamans: Contemporary Brazilian Arts" - Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Museum, Miami, USA (2016); “Adornos do Brasil Indígena: resistências contemporâneas” - SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); “Os muitos e o um: arte contemporânea brasileira”- Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); “A Cor do Brasil” - MAR Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016); "Soft Power: Art Brazil" - Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2016); 12th Dakar Biennale - Dakar, Senegal (2016); “Histórias da Infância” - MASP Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); "The World is Made of Stories" - Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2015); "Imagine Brazil" - DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada (2015), at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2015), at Musée D'art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France (2014) and at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway (2013); 10ª Bienal do Mercosul - Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2015); "Singularidades/Anotações" - Rumos Artes Visuais 1998-2013" - PaçoImperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015) and at Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Prêmio Marcantonio Vilaça - MAC Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo, Brazil (2015); 31st São Paulo Biennial “Como (...) coisas que não existem” - itinerancy SESC Campinas, Campinas, Brazil (2015) and at the Biennial Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); "The Poetry In Between: South-South" - Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); "Here There (Huna Hunak)" - QM Gallery Al Riwaq, Doha, Qatar (2015); "Pororoca - A Amazônia no Mar " - MAR Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014); Prêmio Pipa 2014 - MAM-Rio Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014); “Histórias Mestiças” - Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); "Cães Sem Plumas" - MAMAM Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães, Recife, Brazil (2014); 12e Biennale de Lyon "Entre-temps. .. Brusquement, et ensuite" - Lyon, France (2013); "Convite à viagem" - Rumos Artes Visuais - Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); "To be with art is all we ask" - Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway (2012); "Amazônia: ciclos de modernidade" CCBB Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and at CCBB Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília, Brazil (2012); "Chaos and Effect" - Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); "The First 10 Years" - InstitutoTomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2011).

His works are part of the permanent collections of ICA Miami, Institute of Contemporary Art (Miami, USA); MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil); Thyssen-BornemiszaArt Contemporary (Vienna, Austria); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (Aarhus, Denmark); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo, Norway); Ilmin Museum of Art (Seoul, South Korea); MAM Rio, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); MAR, Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); PAMM, Pérez Art Museum Miami (Miami, USA); Rubell Museum (Miami, USA); Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste (Fortaleza, Brazil); Fundação Joaquim Nabuco(Recife, Brazil); IAGO, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (Oaxaca, Mexico); MAC Ceará, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Ceará (Ceará, Brazil); Servais Family Collection (Brussels, Belgium); Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection (Los Angeles, USA); Nordenstahl Collection (Chicago, USA); Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection. MAM Rio, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); among others.

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