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Panmela Castro Biography

Originally a graffiti artist from the suburbs of Rio, Panmela Castro was interested in the dialogue that her marginalized female body established with the city, dedicating herself to building performances based on personal experiences, in search of a reciprocal affectivity with the other with a similar experience; works that result in videos, photographs, objects and paintings.

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Recent exhibitions include: 'Rua', Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro, 'Ocupação Lavra', Centro de Artes Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, in 2020; 'Aparelho', Maus Hábitos, Porto, 'Exhibition Grau 360', Museum of the Republic, Rio de Janeiro, 'Palavras Somam', FAAP Museum of Brazilian Art, São Paulo, in 2019; Street Type", Caixa Cultural DF, Brasília, in 2018; Frestas Trienal de Artes", Sesc Sorocaba, Sorocaba, 'Urban Nation Museum Permanent Collection', Urban Nation Museum, Berlin, in 2017; 'Das Virgens em Shoals e da Cor das Auras', Museu Bispo Rosário Contemporary Art, Rio de Janeiro, 'Synopsis of an Urban Menoir', Andrew Freedman Complex, New York, 'Vinil Vandals', C'mon Everybody, New York, USA in 2016.

Among the collections that have his work are: Museum of Art of Rio (MAR), Museum of the Republic, Anita Mantuano Arts Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FUNARJ), Espaço Furnas Cultural, Furnas Centrais Elétricas, in Rio de Janeiro; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, MAB FAAP, Museum of Brazilian Art Armando Álvares Penteado, in São Paulo; The United Nations Art Collection, UN Women, Museum of the Chamber of Deputies, in Brasília; Institute of Contemporary Art MIAMI (ICA), USA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; IDB Art Collection - Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Urban Nation Museum, Berlin, Germany.

The artist was nominated for the Select Arte Educação Award, and for the Pipa Award in 2020. She appeared on the list 'The Next Generation of Activists Making a Difference', W Magazine, in 2016; she was named 'Young Global Leader' at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, in 2013; received the DVF Award, The Diller - Von Furstenberg Family Foundation, New York, USA; and was featured on Newsweek Magazine's '150 Women That Are Shaking The World' list in 2012.

Text courtesy Luisa Strina.

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Kehinde Wiley, from the series Artists in the Studio by Panmela Castro contemporary artwork painting
Panmela Castro Kehinde Wiley, from the series Artists in the Studio, 20386 Oil, acrylic and charcoal on linen
215 x 160 cm
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Luniz Sarr, from the series Affective Drift Dakar by Panmela Castro contemporary artwork painting
Panmela Castro Luniz Sarr, from the series Affective Drift Dakar, 2023 Oil, acrylic and charcoal on linen
70 x 50 x 8 cm
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Aisha Mbikila by Panmela Castro contemporary artwork painting
Panmela Castro Aisha Mbikila, 2021 Oil, acrylic and charcoal on linen
150 x 90 x 8 cm
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