Adriana Varejão, Green Song - LA, 2017, oil and plaster on canvas, 70 7/8 × 70 7/8 inches (180 × 180 cm) © Adriana Varejão. Photo by Jaime Acioli.
Adriana Varejão presents, through the conduit of her vastly evocative works and materially diverse artistic practice, incisive reflections on the multiplex nature of Brazilian history, memory, and culture. Her oeuvre encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, and video installation. Reflected in her hybridization of media in manifold forms—among them including sculptural paintings and floor-based sculptural works—is the syncretism immanent to Brazil’s post-colonial identity. Varejão draws upon aesthetic traditions and visual legacy resultant from transnational exchange, imperial and otherwise, to create a confluence of forms which she ultimately conceives of as a metaphor for the modern world.
Adriana Varejão was born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her work has been featured by solo museum exhibitions worldwide, including “Azulejões,” Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília (2001); “Chambre d’échos / Câmara de ecos,” Fondation Cartier pour l´art Contemporain, Paris (2005, traveled to Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon; and DA2, Spain); Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2007); Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brazil (2008); “Adriana Varejão—Histórias às Margens,” Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2012, traveled to Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Argentina, through 2013); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2014); “Kindred Spirits,” Dallas Contemporary (2015); and “Transbarroco,” Villa Medici, Rome (2016). Collections include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro; Coleção Gilberto Chateaubriand, Rio de Janeiro; Tate Modern, London; Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; Fundació Bancària “la Caixa,” Barcelona; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Hara Museum, Tokyo.
In 2008, a permanent pavilion dedicated to Varejão’s work was inaugurated at Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea in Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 2016, she was commissioned to produce a temporary mural, based on her epic work Celacanto provoca maremoto, which covered the entire facade of the Centro Aquático for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Varejão currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.