Adriana Varejão (born 1964) is a Brazilian artist. She works in various disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and photography.
Varejão lives and works in Rio de Janeiro and is one of Brazil's leading contemporary artists. References to the effects of colonialism of Brazil by Europe, are apparent in her work as well as art history and illusion. Her work is represented by the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York City, NY, and has been included in numerous collections worldwide, some of which are the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the The Tate Modern in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, among others. Her work alludes to expansion and transformation of cultural identity, yet continues the use of her theme of understanding the past, in order to understand the present.
Paintings by series
- Plates, 2009-2011
- Saunas and Baths, 2003-2009
- Jerked Beef Ruins, 2000-2004
- Seas and Tiles, 1991-2004
- Tongues and Incisions, 1997-2003
- Irezumis, 1994-1997
- Academics, 1995-1999
- Proposal for a Catechesis, 1993-1997
- Terra Incognita, 1992-2004
- Baroque, 1987-1988
- The Seducer, 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- The Obscene, 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- The Guest, 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- The Specialist, 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- Divine Diva, 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- The Wicked, 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- Mme. F., 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- Mrs. White, 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- The Host, 2009, graphite on paper, 70x100cm
- The Voyeur, 2009, graphite and watercolor on paper, 70x92cm
- The Obsessive, 2007, graphite on paper, 42x29.7cm
- J'aime Baden, 2004, graphite on paper, 29.7x21cm
- The Mystic, 2004, graphite on paper, 51x37.5cm
- Chaque Jour Est un Jour de Fete, 2004, graphite on paper, 29.7x21cm
- The Diva, 2004, graphite on paper, 51x37.5cm
- Rogue, 2004, graphite on paper, 29.7x21cm
- Sauna, 2003, graphite on paper, 55x77cm
- Virtual Ambient-graphite, 2002, graphite on paper, 50x57cm
- Garden of Delights, 1994, ink on paper, 32x43.5cm
- Elegia Mineira, 2007, backlight, 125x163cm
- Lukacs Bath, 2005, digital photograph, 50x66cm
- Palatinus Lido Bath, 2005, digital photograph, 50x66cm
- Szechenyi, 2005, digital photograph, 26.7x35cm
- Melee de Guerriers Nus - Redux, 2005, digital photograph, variable dimensions
- Contingent, 2000, photograph, 28x48.5cm
- Dadivosa, 1999, digital photograph, 24x21.5cm
- Happiness, 1999, backlight, 84.5x139x13.5cm
- Anything, 1998, c-print, 56x37.5cm
- Cannibal and Nostalgic, 1998, digital photograph, 107x83cm
- Scenography of Erwartung, opera by Shoenberg, Grande Teatro do Palacio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 2009
- Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporanea, pavilion of permanent show, 2008
- Scenography of Idomeneu, opera by Mozart, Theatro Municipal de Rio De Janeiro, 2006
- Panacea Phantastica, silk-screen printing on tiles, variable dimensions, Panorama de Arte Brasiliera, MAM Sao-Paulo, 2003
The Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim in Brazil opened in 2008 and includes a pavilion dedicated to her work and built by her then husband, collector Bernardo Paz. She was included in the "Brazil: Body and Soul" exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2001, as well as in the MoMA QNS exhibition "Tempo", where she filled an entire room with the wall-based installation Azulejões (Big Blue Tiles). Her work has also been included in the Venice Biennale and Biennale of Sydney. She had solo exhibitions at Lehmann Maupin (2011 forthcoming, 2009, 2003, 1999) in New York, Soledad Lorenzo (2011 forthcoming, 2002, 1998) in Madrid, Victoria Miro Gallery (2011 forthcoming, 2002) in London, Galeria Fortes Vilaca (2009, 2005) in São Paulo, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (2007) in Tokyo and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (2007) in Paris.
- Hara, Toshio, "Adriana Varejao", Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007
- Johnson, Ken, "Adriana Varejao at Lehmann Maupin," New York Times, January 2000.
- Carvajal, R., "Travel Chronicles: The Work of Adriana Varejao," New Histories, Boston, 1996, p. 168-169.
- Varejao, Adriana. "Adriana Varejao". Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- Ayers, Robert. Adriana Varejao at Lehmann Maupin ARTnews. October, 2009.
- Lehmann Maupin Gallery
- Victoria Miro Gallery
- Adriana Varejao
- Museum of Modern Art
- Inhotim Instituto Cultural
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