Fábrica de Arte Marcos Amaro (FAMA) occupies Itu’s central area, São Paulo’s state countryside, in the same place where a textile factory with historical and cultural relevance operated many years ago. The building houses today FAMA headquarters, that also includes Marcos Amaro’s art collection – an important tool for three-dimensional contemporary art’s spread. The venue displays part of MESCLA’s collection, that also appears on the city avenues and on the rural area of Mairinque’s municipality. All these pieces are incorporated into FAMA’s area, which was designed for production, contemplation, art stimulus and also to exhibit Marcos Amaro’s own artwork.
To Preserve and to foster contemporary artistic memories and experiences in Itu and its surrounding region.
To transform Fábrica São Pedro into an art and culture sustainable territory.
Fundação Marcos Amaro (FMA) is a nonprofit private cultural organization. Its mission is the development of contemporary art production and the promotion of Marcos Amaro’s work. To meet this end, it relies on the exhibition program held by the biennial artist’s endorsement, the annual award’s spotlight for the best creative production in SP-Arte and the acquisition award in ArtRio. FMA promotes discussions and special projects to support cultural and museology institutions. The Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea, in Rio, is a showcase where FMA took action in the suitability of the technical reserve and of the exhibitions location, allowing the museum to develop an excellence in the preservation, conservation and presentation of Arthur Bispo do Rosário’s work – artist of great importance for the 20th century Brazilian art history.
FMA solidifies its relevance by its territorial museum concept, expanding itself in São Paulo state’s countryside. Making the city of Itu its headquarters, its a museum outside the usual white cube. The scenery is the raw state of São Pedro’s old factory – that today acts as a cultural oasis in Itu.
It creates a innovative space for sculptures that go beyond the walls and take art from the city to the farmlands, as a result of its innovative relation between territorial museum and landscape, coupled with the Museu da Escultura Latino-Americana (MESCLA) – An open sky museum for deep nature sculptural interventions.
Marcos Amaro was born in São Paulo, in 1984. He is an entrepreneur and visual artist. Studied Philosophy in Instituto Gens Educação e Cultura. Started to work as an apprentice in TAM Aviação Executiva. Was a member of TAM Linhas Aéreas’ council. Brought TAG HEUER’s and ALAIN MIKLI’s glasses to Brazil. Was partner of Óticas Carol’s network. Performed exhibitions in Centro Cultural dos Correios, in São Paulo and in MACS, MARCO and MARGS, in Rio. Had his artwork displayed at SP ARTE, ART BASEL and ART ZURICH. Currently, is partner of V2 Investments, LogBras and Emmathomas Gallery. Counselor in MUBE, IAC, MACS and Fundação Iberê Camargo.
Master in History of Art from USP’s Escola de Comunicações e Artes, was former director of the Museu de Arte Contemporânea of Centro Cultural Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, located in Fortaleza, Ceará and of Centro de Artes Visuais da Fundação Nacional das Artes (FUNARTE), between 2009 and 2010, and also of São Paulo’s Centro Cultural (CCSP). Currently is the curator of Museu Bispo do Rosário and of Fundação Marcos Amaro.
Arts graduate, studied cultural production and management. Had her artwork displayed in collective exhibitions at Rio’s Museu de Arte Moderna, at Galeria Marta Traba in the Latin America Memorial, in São Paulo (2014), among others. She was art resident in Sardinia, Italy (2015 and 2016) and in Sorocaba’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea. Was pre-selected for Edital Mercosul in 2016.
Born in São Paulo, was the former director of the State’s Pinacotheca, and also of Museu de Arte Contemporânea in Universidade de São Paulo. She has been publishing books about Modernism in Brazil, Latin American and Brazilian contemporary art, besides the arrangement of several anthologies about Brazilian art. She holds a Master’s degree from FFLCH-USP, and doctorate from ECA-USP. Former lecturer in History of Art at FAU-USP. Fellowship from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, in 1978. Curator on several exhibitions in Brazil and Latin America. Member of Prince Claus Foundation Awards, in Haia, from 2002 to 2005. Coordinator of Rumos Itaú Cultural, from 2005 to 2006. Curator of the Trieenial in Santiago, Chile in 2009, and of the 8th Mercosul biennial, in 2011. Currently lives in São Paulo.
Museologist and former chief curator of Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), worked in several positions in the public administration, such as Assistant Secretary in the State’s Culture Department, former director of São Paulo’s State Pinacotheca, former Secretary of Culture of the City of São Paulo, former Special Advisor of the State’s Culture Department, former Secretary of Cultural Production Support of the Ministry of Culture (Minc), former President of Embrafilme and former President of Fundação Memorial da América Latina (1984 and 1985). Former chief curator of the 2nd and 3rd Mercosul Visual Arts Biennials, Chief Curator of the 4th Mostra VentoSul and part of the curatorship council of the 5th Mostra VentoSul’s edition. Also part of different institutions councils, like the Fundação Padre Anchieta council, São Paulo’s Biennial Foundation council, amongst others. As well as member of the Brazilian Art Critics Association – ABCA – and of ICOMUS/UNESCO. Studied History of Art in the Instituit D’Art et d’Arquéologie, at Paris.
Painter, designer, writer, sculptor and teacher. Graduated in Architecture and Urban Design for the Universidade de São Paulo. In 1965, he seizes his first solo exhibition, in the Art Gallery of São Paulo’s Outdoor Theatre, during an important political period. Was awarded with the gold medal in the Salão de Arte Contemporânea, in 1967. His artworks were displayed in several editions of Sao Paulo’s International Biennial. Performed two individual exhibits in the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), in 1985 and 1995. Settled the sculpture “Voo de Xango” in the Jardim São Paulo subway station, in 1999. His artistic production is marked by the opposition between gesture and hard strokes, between organic and inorganic forms, between movement and stillness.
Editorial Director of “ARTE! Brasileiros e Cultura!” magazine. She’s specialized in Psychology in São Paulo’s PUC, Group Coordination in Sedes Sapientiae, Commercial Services Management in Harvard Business School-Executive Education, also she’s graduated in Pedagogy in Anhembi Morumbi.
MARCOS AMARO ART PRIZE
Marcos Amaro Art Prize is annual, national and aimed for Brazilians or foreign artists. Its goal is to promote an artist’s contemporary production, that has artistic experimental ambition through innovative techniques, platforms and languages.
The prize started in 2017, in partnership with SP-Arte, during the 13th edition of São Paulo’s Festival International de Arte, from the need to value and spotlight Brazilian and foreign artists. In this edition of Marcos Amaro’s Art Prize, besides the award of 50 thousand reais, the artist will also get to create an original project to be exposed at FAMA’s in 2020, to be curated by Ricardo Resende.
Ksenia Kogan Amaro
Ana Maria Belluzzo
Marcelo Mattos Araújo
Ana Carolina Ralston
Collection Documentation and Production
Educational Coordination Assistant
Communication and Design
In order to host the artist’s projects and active collectives in the visual arts circuit, Marcos Amaro’s Foundation (FMA) introduces the Art Factory Occupation Statute. Moreover, it promotes contemporary art, especially on São Paulo’s state countryside. In the Biennial, were selected six projects to build the exhibiting schedule for 2018 and 2019. Headed by the curator Ricardo Resende, the judging panel included the guest curators Bitu Cassundé, Douglas de Freitas e Macus de Lontra Costa, that have picked Edith Derdyk, Eduardo Frota, Regina Parra, Rodrigo Sassi, Grupo Empreza and Pola Fernandez in January, 2018.EDITAL 2018/2019
Fundação Marcos Amaro, seeking to produce multidisciplinary artwork that integrates to several languages, initiated the Artistic Residency Program, an experience guided in experimentation through immersion, research and creation.
Fundação Marcos Amaro (FMA) supports L.O.T.E artistic residency, created in 2011 by the artists and educators Agnus Valente, José Spaniol and Sérgio Romagnolo. In this edition, Marcos Amaro’s Art Factory, FAMA, complimentary welcomed 40 UNESP students, for a six-day artistic immersion. From this experiment, it was born in 2017, the exhibition “Trama e Veio”, that assembled artworks from the selected artists: André Schütz, Gabriel Marcondes Egestos, Luisa Almeida and Sandra Mazzini.
Taking place in Serrinha, Bragança Paulista’s countryside, this year edition of L.O.T.E’s artistic residency focused on nature artistic immersion and backed by Fundação Marcos Amaro, forty-five students experienced a fully equipped workshop installed in the farm to produce and develop collective artwork, throughout an eight-day immersion period. From this endeavor, the students created projects in different platforms: Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos.
Last year, Fundação Marcos Amaro welcomed the German artist Barbara Hindahl as the first foreign artist resident in Fábrica de Arte Marcos Amaro. Experiencing a thirty-day period of immersion, she produced the artistic installment “Raio Pó Luz”, in the Velhos Galpões Gallery, available for visitation. And for the third year in a roll, FAMA admitted 40 UNESP students, elected through L.O.T.E’s Artistic Residency Program, for an artistic immersive production experience.