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b. 1994, Brazil

Elian Almeida Biography

Elian Almeida's practice is characterised by a convergence of different techniques, such as painting, photography, video and installation, functioning as part of a new generation of artists whose works revindicate protagonism to agents and bodies that have been traditionally marginalised in our society and in the history of art. His body of work addresses decolonialism, exploring the experience and performativity of the black body in contemporary Brazilian society, through a process of recuperating elements from the past—imagens, narratives, characters—as a means of contributing to the process of empowerment and dissemination of afro-brazilian historiography.

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On one hand, Almeida's research engages with the biographies of black personalities whose importance has been erased through history, striving to restore the notability that they deserve. On the other hand, the artist also addresses the violent ways in which police approach racialised bodies, exploring matters of privilege within Brazilian culture and society, while also denouncing the myth of racial democracy. In his series 'Vogue', Almeida appropriates the visual identity and aesthetics of the famous fashion magazine, integrating them into the composition of his portraits of black individuals. With this, the artist demonstrates the ways in which his different lines of work have come to converge as a means of encouraging the public to question the ways in which these subjects have been represented and circulated within Brazilian visual culture.

Elian Almeida was born in 1994, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in Paris, France. His works have been exhibited in numerous group shows, including: Enciclopédia negra, at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2021), in São Paulo, Brazil; Amanhã há de ser outro dia / Demain sera um autre jour, at Studio Iván Argote and at Espacio Temporal (2020), in Paris, France; Esqueleto – 70 anos de UERJ, at Paço Imperial (2019), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Arte naïf – Nenhum museu a menos, at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (EAV Parque Lage) (2019), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mostra memórias da resistência, at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica (CMAHO) (2018), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bela verão e Transnômade Opavivará, at Galpão Bela Maré (2018), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Novas poéticas – Diálogos expandidos em arte contemporânea, at Museu do Futuro (2016), in Curitiba, Brazil; amongst others.

Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.

Elian Almeida Featured Artworks

Anastácia (Vogue Brasil) by Elian Almeida contemporary artwork painting
Elian AlmeidaAnastácia (Vogue Brasil), 2021Acrylic paint on canvas
100 x 107 cm
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Maria Auxiliadora da Silva (Vogue Brasil) by Elian Almeida contemporary artwork painting
Elian AlmeidaMaria Auxiliadora da Silva (Vogue Brasil), 2021Acrylic paint on canvas
100 x 85 x 4 cm
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Beatriz do Nascimento (Vogue Brasil) by Elian Almeida contemporary artwork painting
Elian AlmeidaBeatriz do Nascimento (Vogue Brasil), 2021Acrylic paint on canvas
121 x 101 x 4 cm
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Mãe Beata de Iemanjá (Vogue Brasil) by Elian Almeida contemporary artwork painting
Elian AlmeidaMãe Beata de Iemanjá (Vogue Brasil), 2021Acrylic paint on canvas
104 x 100 x 4 cm
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Ruth de Souza (Vogue Brasil) by Elian Almeida contemporary artwork painting
Elian AlmeidaRuth de Souza (Vogue Brasil), 2021Acrylic paint on canvas
95 x 78 x 4 cm
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Dona Ester - Irmandade da Boa Morte (Vogue Brasil) by Elian Almeida contemporary artwork painting
Elian AlmeidaDona Ester - Irmandade da Boa Morte (Vogue Brasil), 2021Acrylic paint on canvas
95 x 90 x 4 cm
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Tia Maria do Jongo (Vogue Brasil) by Elian Almeida contemporary artwork painting
Elian AlmeidaTia Maria do Jongo (Vogue Brasil), 2021Acrylic paint on canvas
94 x 109 x 4 cm
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Elian Almeida Recent Exhibitions

Elian Almeida 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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