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b. 1959, Brazil

Brígida Baltar Biography

The work of Brígida Baltar spans across a wide range of medium, which includes video, performance, installation, drawing, and sculpture. According to curator Lisette Lagnado, through this practice, ‘the artist strives to return to a pre-industrial, childlike and primitive narration.’ Baltar's artistic production began in the 1990s with the so-called small poetic gestures, developed in her studio-home in Botafogo, a neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro.

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During almost ten years, the artist collected items of domestic life such as the water dripping through small cracks on her roof, or dust falling from the bricks of her walls. This act of collecting subsequently expanded into the streets, giving birth to the 'Coletas' series, an attempt of capturing mist, dew and ocean breeze–an ultimately impossible or rather, intangible task.

Brigida Baltar's recent work derives from her older series, as she uses the previously collected brick dust to draw images of Rio de Janeiro, creating pieces that intertwine her past and present works and that do not function as mere representations. More recently, Baltar has been reflecting upon her own biography and producing embroideries which relate to her body, more specifically her skin.

Brígida Baltar was born in 1959, in Rio de Janeiro, where she lives and works. Her recent solo shows include: Dois vídeos, at Galeria Gustavo Schnoor (2019), Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; A carne do mar, at Galeria Nara Roesler (2018), in São Paulo, Brazil; SAM Art Project (2012), in Paris, France; and O amor do pássaro rebelde, at Cavalariças (2012), Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (EAV Parque Lage), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her work featured in recent group shows, such as: I Remember Earth, at Magasin des Horizons (2019), Centre d'arts et de cultures, in Grenoble, France; Studiolo XXI–Desenhos e afinidades, at Fundação Eugénio de Almeida Centro de Arte e Cultura (2019), in Évora, Portugal; Abstracción textil \ Textile Abstraction, at Galería Casas Riegner (2018), in Bogotá, Colombia; Neither-nor: Abstract Landscapes, Portraits and Still Lives, at Terra-Art Project (2017), in London, UK; International Series: Contemporary Artists from Brazil, at Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (2016), in Boone, USA. Her work is part of important collections, such as: Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC USP), São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, USA; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, among others.

Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.

Brígida Baltar Featured Artworks

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Torre by Brígida Baltar contemporary artwork
Brígida BaltarTorre, 1995Photo-action
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
A horta da casa by Brígida Baltar contemporary artwork
Brígida BaltarA horta da casa, 1996/2019Spices and herbs planted in 25 bricks
45 x 368.5 x 12 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Os hematomas da planta by Brígida Baltar contemporary artwork
Brígida BaltarOs hematomas da planta, 2016Embroidery on fabric
73.5 x 77.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
As conchas-vaginais by Brígida Baltar contemporary artwork
Brígida BaltarAs conchas-vaginais, 2017Enamelled ceramics
42.5 x 49.5 x 7.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Mist collecting # 27 by Brígida Baltar contemporary artwork
Brígida BaltarMist collecting # 27, 1998Performance, photograph
40 x 60 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Irmãs by Brígida Baltar contemporary artwork
Brígida BaltarIrmãs, 2017Enameled ceramic
51 x 47 x 17 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
As lambidas do mar by Brígida Baltar contemporary artwork
Brígida BaltarAs lambidas do mar, 2017Porcelain and enameled ceramic
19 x 33 x 74 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Autorretrato com pelos by Brígida Baltar contemporary artwork
Brígida BaltarAutorretrato com pelos, 2016Embroidery on fabric
38 x 37 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery

Brígida Baltar Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, #arteconecta at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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2 April–30 June 2020 Group Exhibition #arteconecta Galeria Nara Roesler, São PauloSão Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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2 December 2019–15 February 2020 Group Show Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] Galeria Nara Roesler, São PauloSão Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, the woman who walks with me at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
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25 June–16 August 2019 Group Exhibition the woman who walks with me Galeria Nara Roesler, New YorkNew York

Brígida Baltar Represented By

Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

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