The materials exist in connection with thoughts and intuitions. They call us, and choose us, they attract our perception and curiosity, and they require research and clever observations on their un-transferable nature and mysteries.

– Solange Pessoa

Beyond the clear references to organic life or prehistoric artistic experimentations, what stands out in Solange Pessoa’s work is a singular, pulsating vitality, which manifests itself in peculiar contours that create figures in which we recognize the primordial movement of genesis. Pessoa’s expansive practice draws inspiration from a plethora of sources: archaeology, prehistoric cave paintings, traditional craft, Brazilian Baroque, and poetry. Her stylization of life assumes a radical depth, offering a particular language for reading and imagining the world. Thus, we see species that carry traits from the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms and convey universality through their most regional aspects.

Solange Pessoa (1961, Ferros) lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Her selected solo exhibitions include Solange Pessoa, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2023); Earthworks, Mendes Wood DM, New York (2023); In the Sun and the Shade, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2020); Longilonge, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa (2019); Solange PessoaMendes Wood DM, New York (2018); Solange PessoaBlum & Poe, Los Angeles (2017); Solange PessoaMendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2016); Metaflor-MetafloraMuseu Mineiro, Belo Horizonte (2013); Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2008); Museu da Inconfidência, Ouro Preto (2000); Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte (1995); and Centro Cultural São Paulo (1992).

Pessoa received a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (1996/1997), and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad including the 59th International Biennale di Venezia – The Milk of Dreams, Venice (2022); Reclaim the EarthPalais de Tokyo, Paris (2022); Living WorldsFondation Cartier, Lille (2022); Invenção de OrigemEstação Pinacoteca, São Paulo (2018); La Fin de Babylone - Mich Wunder, dass ich so Fröhlich bin, Koln Skulptur #9, Cologne (2017); New Shamans (2016), High Anxiety (2016), and No Man’s Land: Women Artists (2015), Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Arte e PatrimônioPaço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2014); Mostra do RedescobrimentoCAPS Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (2001); and Heranças Contemporâneas (1999), Encontros e Tendências (1993), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo.

Selected Artworks
  • In the studio: Solange Pessoa

    July 5, 2023

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Solange Pessoa’s works in São Paulo exhibition