Néle Azevedo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Néle Azevedo
Santos Dumont, MG, Brazil
EducationMA, visual art, Art Institute of State University of São Paulo, Brazil
BA, Art, Faculdade Santa Marcelina
BA, Faculdade de Educação e Ciências Pinheirense
Known forSculpture

Néle Azevedo (born 1950) is a Brazilian sculptor, visual artist and independent researcher. She is best known for her "Melting Men" installations.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Azevedo was born in Santos Dumont, a municipality in the south-eastern Minas Gerais state of Brazil, in 1950.

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.


Minimum Monument installation, Birmingham UK

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[1] 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".[3]

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 "Melting Men" have featured topics like World War I or Climate change.[2][4]

The Minimum Monument project,[1] along with the other urban interventions developed by Azevedo including "Glory to Inglorious Fights" and "Anhangabau: A River For The Absent Ones",[5] 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.[4][6]

In 2002, she was awarded the Bunkyo Art Hall 1st prize with an installation of sculptures in acrylic.

Urban interventions[edit]

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, 10–13 April
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


Winner of the Award for Experimental Video at the 15th Video festival, Teresina, Piaui, Brazil, December
31st Salão Bunkyo // 31st. Bunkyo Contemporary Art Show: Golden Medal and JAL Award
XXVI Contemporary Art Show, Acquisition Award. Santo André City, São Paulo, Brazil
X Atibiai Art Meeting: Special Mention

Public collections[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c "Opening: Néle Azevedo – Minimum Monument". Stavanger, Norway: Article Biennial. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b "14 artists with a green message". MNN – Mother Nature Network. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Nele Azevedo Interview". GreenMuze. 12 December 2008.
  4. ^ a b "5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures Remember The Victims of WWI". Bored Panda. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  5. ^ Parsi, Maryam (September 2011). "Finding a Balance Between Man and Nature". American Contemporary Art: 36. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. ^ "'melting men' by nele azevedo". designboom | architecture & design magazine. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2018.

External links[edit]