Find out who are the five finalists in Marcos Amaro Art Prize

Find out who are the five finalists in Marcos Amaro Art Prize
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Find out who are the five finalists in Marcos Amaro Art Prize

André Komasu (Vermelho), Estela Sokol (Anita Schwartz Art Gallery), Jonathas de Andrade (Vermelho), Marcelo Moscheta (Vermelho) and Virginia de Medeiros (Nara Roesler Gallery) are the five finalists of the 3rd Marcos Amaro’s Art Prize. The judging panel, formed by Fábrica de Arte Marcos Amaro’s (FAMA) consulting board evaluated all the 139 subscribed projects in order to take their decision.

The judging panel formed by Marcos Amaro, Ricardo Resende, Raquel Fayad, Aracy Amaral, Fábio Magalhães, Gilberto Salvador and Patricia Rousseaux evaluated the artists’ portfolios and the proposed project for FAMA’s headquarters, located in Itu, São Paulo’s countryside.

In this third edition, besides the prize of fifty thousand reais (Brazilian currency), the artist will also get to develop an original project for FAMA, accompanied by the curator Ricardo Resende in 2020. There’s also the possibility of the artwork being annexed to the institution’s collection.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 4th at 7pm, during the 15th SP-Arte.

Meet the finalists:

André Komatsu

André Komatsu was born in 1978 in São Paulo. He’d graduated in Visual Arts at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. The artist is represented by the galleries Vermelho (São Paulo) and Galeria Continua (Italy). Is part of a generation of artists that thrived during the democracy reinstatement period in Brazil. The political bias means a new way to see the world. André has represented Brazil in the 56th Venice Biennial (2015), had his artwork exhibited at the 7th and 8th Mercosul Biennials (2009 and 2011), 10th Monterrey Biennial (2013), Avenida Paulista at Museu de Arte de São Paulo (2017) and Frestas Arts Triennial (2017). His artwork is available in important collections: the TATE Modern (London), Fundação Serralves (Porto), MoMA Museum of Modern Art and Bronx Museum (New York City). He won the Illy SustainArt prize in 2011 with the piece “Concreto/Periódico”, exposed at ARCOmadrid’s IFEMA, in Madrid, Spain.

Estela Sokol

Estela Sokol was born in 1979, in São Paulo. She’s represented by the Anita Schwartz Art Gallery (Rio de Janeiro). The artist builds objects that emit light and color naturally, without wires, batteries or lamps. She had her artworks exhibited at the 3rd Bienal Del Fin Del Mundo (2011) in Argentina, 16th Bienal Cerveira (2011) in Portugal, Nova Escultura Brasileira (2011) at Rio’s Caixa Econômica, Mapas Invisíveis (São Paulo’s Caixa Cultural (2011). She’s the winner of the 1st Concurso Itamaraty de Arte Contemporânea (2011) prize, of the “Mostras de artistas no exterior” prize, part of Programa Brasil Arte Contemporânea of São Paulo’s Fundação Bienal (2010). She also was awarded in Temporada de Projetos Paço Das Artes, in São Paulo (2009) and MACC’s Edital Revelação (2004). Her artwork is part of collections in São Paulo’s Estate Pinacoteque, São Paulo’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Embassy of Brazil in London, Casa do Olhar located in Santo André, among others.

Jonathas de Andrade

Born in 1982 in Maceió, in Alagoas state, Brazilian northeast. He’d graduated in Communications at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. The artist is represented by the galleries Vermelho (São Paulo), Galeria Continua (Italy) and Alexander and Bonin (New York City). His production proposes an insight into the social context, blending fiction and reality. He had his artwork exhibited at the 7th Mercosul Biennial (2009), New Museum Triennial in NYC (2011), 29th São Paulo Biennial (2011), Istanbul Biennial (2011), Lyon Biennial (2013), Performa15 in NYC (2015), 32th São Paulo Biennial (2016) and at SITE Santa Fe (2016). He has performed solo exhibitions at Instituto Itaú Cultural and Vemelho gallery (São Paulo), Furnas Cultural (Rio de Janeiro), Instituto Cultural Banco Real and Fundação Joaquim Nabuco (Recife). In 2009, he’d developed “Documento Latinamerica – Condução à Deriva” project, with immersion research in Latin America countries, by the use of scholarships from Funarte and Pernambuco’s Salão de Artes Plásticas. His work is part of collections in “Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today” at the Guggenheim Museum (2014) and at MoMA Museum of Modern Art (2017), in New York City.

Marcelo Moscheta

Born in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo’s countryside, in 1976. He has a master’s degree and a graduation in Visual Arts from Unicamp. He’s represented by the galleries Vermelho and SIM Galeria, in São Paulo and by Galleria Riccardo Crespi, in Italy. Marcelo’s artistic production in unfolded by the use of nature’s extracted materials in drawings and photographs, creating artistic installments and other objects. He’d received a research funding from the 8th Mercosul Biennial (2011) and has accomplished the research throughout the whole border between Brazil and Uruguay. He has done expeditions and artistic residencies at Plataforma Atacama, Amazon Forest’s LABVERDE, Flora Ars+Natura in Colombia, also in China, Ukraine, France and Italy. He’s the winner of prizes and scholarships from The Pollock-Krashner Foundation Grant (2017), The Drawing Center Open Sessions Program (2015), Funarte’s visual arts production scholarship (2014), Prêmio Marc Ferrez de Fotografia (2012) and the 1st  Prêmio Pipa Júri Popular (2010). His artworks are part of collections of Museo del Barrio and Deutsche Bank (New York City), São Paulo’s Estate Pinacoteque, the Kunstpatrimonium – Patrimoine Artistique  – Art Collection (Belgium), among others.

Virginia de Medeiros

Born in Feira de Santana in Bahia, in 1973. She has a master’s degree in visual arts from Universidade Federal da Bahia and she’s represented by Galeria Nara Roesler. Her artworks dwell between videos and audio-visual artistic installments, that merge artistic language and media, by using documentary images, questioning the boundaries between reality and fiction. She had her artwork exhibited at 27th and 31st São Paulo Biennials (2006 and 2014) and others biennials like the XIV Jogja Biennale in Indonesia (2017), and also 32nd Panorama da Arte Brasileira, that took place at São Paulo’s Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM-SP), in 2011. She won 2015’s Prêmio PIPA that happened in Rio in both Popular Vote and Judging Panel categories. She has also won the visual arts Marcantonio Vilaça prize (2015), among others.