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b. 1958, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Lives in São Paulo, Brazil

Graduated in Visual Arts at FAAP – Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (1982), master’s degree in Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1986) and PHD degree from the University of São Paulo (2000). Received a Guggenheim Foundation Grant (NY 2001); an Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at MIT (Massachusetts 2007); a Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars da Rice University (Houston 2014). Professor and researcher in arts since 1982. Between 1993-2017 taught at ECA/USP, where she currently collaborates in the Graduate Program. In 2016 received the São Paulo Critic’s Association Prize of Best Retrospective of the year with the solo show ‘In the Place Itself: an Anthology of Ana Maria Tavares’ work, at Pinacoteca de São Paulo.

Tavare’s first solo show ‘Objetos e Interferências’ took place in 1982 at Pinacoteca de São Paulo. The artist participated in four editions of the Bienal de São Paulo (1983, 1987, 1991 e 2000), the VII Havana Biennial (2000), the Pontevedra Biennial (2000), the Istambul Biennial (2001) and the Singapore Biennial (2006). Some of her most distinguished solo exhibitions in Brazil are:‘Porto Pampulha’ (1997) at MAP Museu de Arte da Pampulha; ‘Relax’o’vision’ (1998) at MuBE Museu da Escultura Brasileira; ‘Enigmas de uma Noite’ (2004) at Instituto Tomie Ohtake; ‘Fortuna e Recusa ou UKYIO-E, a Imagem de um Mundo Flutuante’ (2008), ‘Desviantes’ (2011), ‘Sinfonia Tropical’ (2015) and ‘Rotações Infinitas’ (2018) at Galeria Vermelho; ‘Tautorama’ (2013) at Paço das Artes; ‘Natural-Natural: Paisagem e Artifício’ (2013) at Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura; ‘Atlântica Moderna: Purus e Negros’ (2014) at Museu Vale; ‘Cárceres a Duas Vozes: Piranesi e Ana Maria Tavares’ at Museum Lasar Segall (2015); ‘Forgotten Mantras’ (2016) and ‘O Real Intocável’ (2019) at Galeria Silvia Cintra.

Tavares participated in many international group shows, such as: ‘Modernité, Art Bresiliènne du XX Siècle’ at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (França, 1987); ‘Ultramodern: The Art of Contemporary Brazil’ at National Museum for Women in the Arts, (EUA, 1993); ‘ES 97 Tijuana’, Centro Cultural de Tijuana (México, 1998); ‘Middelburg Airport Lounge com Parede Niemeyer’ (Holanda, 2001); ‘Côte à Côte, Art Contemporain du Brésil’, capc Musée d’art contemporain, (França, 2001); ‘Living Inside the Grid’, ‘Entrückte Körper – GRU/TXL’ (Berlim, 2002);The New Museum of Contemporary Art (EUA, 2003); ‘The Straight or Croocked Way’, Royal College of Art (Inglaterra, 2003); ‘Auf Eigene Gefahr/At your Own Risk’, Schirn Kunsthall (Alemanha, 2003); ‘Conceptualisms: Zeitgenossische Tendenzen in Musik’ (Alemanha, 2003); ‘The Encounters in the 21st Century: Polyphony – Emerging Resonances’, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Japão, 2004); ‘Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art’, San Diego Museum of Art (EUA, 2005); ‘Landscape for Exit I and Exit II’ (Portugal, 2005); ‘Grandeur: Sonsbeek_10’ (Holanda, 2008); ‘Blooming Now: Brasil–Japão, o seu lugar' at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (Japão, 2008); ‘Cristal Waters’ (Holanda, 2008); ‘When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil’, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art e Museum of Contemporary Art Tokio (Japão, 2009); ‘After Utopia’, Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci,Prato (Itália, 2009); ‘Neo-Tropicália’ at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (EUA, 2009); ‘Deviating Utopias at The Frist Center for the Arts’, (EUA), 2013); ‘Colección IX. Colección Fundación ARCO’, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, (Espanha, 2014); ‘Euryale Amazonica’, at Sicardi Gallery, (Houston EUA, 2014); ‘Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles: An Exhibition About Dominoes’, Perez Museum (Miami, 2017). ‘Deviating Utopias with Victorias Regias’, at Galerie Stöeckle Hauser, in Stuttgart (2015).

The artist has works in many public and private collections, such as: Kröller Müller Museum, Holanda; FRAC-Haute Normandie (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain), França; Fundação de Serralves, Portugal; Culturgest, Portugal; Fundação Arco, Espanha; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, EUA; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Bélgica; Pinacoteca de São Paulo; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da USP; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Museu de Arte de Brasília; Museu de Arte da Pampulha; Coleção de Arte da Cidade de São Paulo do Centro Cultural São Paulo; Universidade Federal de Uberlândia; Casa da Cultura de Ribeirão Preto; and SESC Belenzinho.