Santos Dumont, MG, Brazil
|Education||MA, Visual Art, Art Institute of State University of São Paulo, Brazil|
BA, Art, Faculdade Santa Marcelina
BA, Faculdade de Educação e Ciências Pinheirense
Early life and education
She graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Santa Marcelina College in 1997 and obtained a Masters degree in Visual Arts from São Paulo State University's (UNESP) Arts Institute in 2003.
In 1998, she launched a solo exhibition with an installation of iron sculptures at the Brazilian Post Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro and won the acquisition prize in the Santo André Art Hall in São Paulo.
In 2001, Azevedo started working on the Minimum Monument Project doing interventions in urban space that discuss contemporary public monuments in countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Japan, France, Germany, Portugal, and Italy. These interventions have become known worldwide as the "Army of Melting Men" or simply "Melting Men".
For the Melting Men installations Azevedo places hundreds, sometimes thousands, of hand-cut ice figures in public places. The whole installation usually melts within the next 30 minutes, depending on local conditions, and draws a crowd to watch the unfolding events. Her installations sometimes also incorporate additional elements like photography or paint.
The Minimum Monument project, along with the other urban interventions developed by Azevedo including "Glory to Inglorious Fights" and "Anhangabau: A River For The Absent Ones", have their genesis in local history. The interventions have resulted in videos, pictures and drawings and gained attention in different local, national and international media.
In 2002, she was awarded the Bunkyo Art Hall 1st prize with an installation of sculptures in acrylic.
- Torgtrappene, Stavanger, Norway, 15 September
- Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany, 2 September. This sculpture is called Melting Men. It represents that global warming is fast approaching and that it affects everyone.
- Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy, 21 October
- Ribeirão Preto City, 22 September
- Virada Cultural São Paulo, Glória a todas as lutas inglórias, (Glory to all the inglorious fights), Intervention at Pateo do Colégio-São Paulo, 5 May
- Burgplatz, Braunschweig, Germany, 16 June
- Praça D. João I, Porto City, PT, 22 September
- Municipal Theatre, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 19 November
- Place L’Opera end Mairie du 9émè, Paris, France, 30 June
- Praça da Sé, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 7 April
- Largo da Ordem, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, April 10–13
- Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
- Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, sponsored by the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan Brasília, Federal District, Brazil
- Havana, Cuba
- São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
MartiusStaden Institut, São Paulo, Brazil
Bienal International, Evento of Art of Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal
Pinacoteca Municipal, São Paulo, Brazil
Sycomore Art Gallery, Paris, France
ACBEU Gallery, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Nipo Brasileiro Art Museum, São Paulo, Brazil
Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba
Cultural Center of Mail Department, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Espirito Santo Art Museum, Vitória, Brazil
Santo Andre Art Museum, Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil
Atibibaia Museum, Atibaia, São Paulo, Brazil
- "Opening: Néle Azevedo – Minimum Monument". Stavanger, Norway: Article Biennial. Archived from the original on 2010-09-20.
- "14 artists with a green message". MNN - Mother Nature Network. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- "Nele Azevedo Interview". GreenMuze. 12 December 2008.
- "5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures Remember The Victims Of WWI". Bored Panda. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
- Parsi, Maryam (September 2011). "Finding a Balance Between Man and Nature". American Contemporary Art: 36. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "'melting men' by nele azevedo". designboom | architecture & design magazine. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2018-08-23.