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Vanessa Rosa is represented by Artur Fidalgo Gallery in Brazil
Artist statement here
Vanessa Rosa is a US based Brazilian visual artist and art historian. Her work merges physical and digital media into a storytelling continuum. Murals become portals to an imaginary world with projection mapping, ceramics metamorphose into living entities with the aid of AI models. She creates fictional tales about world history, past and possible futures intertwined.
She started to do street art in 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, creating works that mixed historical periods with the local environment. Her work gradually evolved into tales of world history and cultural exchange, from Portuguese Tiles, Islamic sacred Geometry, Chinese porcelain to the study of ethnomathematics and patterns within indigenous societies. She went from a completely free hand painting approach to a mix of several medias. After the 2020 pandemic, Vanessa dived into sci-fi and now she creates a fictional universe where ceramic heads are memorabilia from humanity's memorial, long lost in the galaxy.
Vanessa has done mural paintings, exhibitions and other projects in South and North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Some of the most important projects include: 'Little Martians', the children’s book 'Diana’s World', a painting about domestic violence for UN Women, a large scale mural for Pioneer Works (New York City), participation in Street Heroines Documentary, mural for Le Centre in Cotonou (West Africa), and coordinated the Sankofa project during Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (an anti racism community painting).
2020/ongoing - Little Martians - a sci-fi universe about how humans became martians among many other things.
2020/ongoing - Mars College - Mars College is an educational program, R&D lab, and off-grid residential community dedicated to cultivating a low-cost, high-tech lifestyle.
2020/ongoing - Diana's World - it's a transmedia project : children's book, instagram filters, animations, website, online store and much more! Right now it's only available in Brazil.
Art Residency / Fellowship / ?
2021/22 - Mars College. (I'm helping to create a sustainable community in the desert) | California, USA | ongoing
2020 - Brahman.ai | Bombay Beach, California, USA | March - July (the residency was extended due to Coronavirus crisis)
2019 - Artist in Residency at NYC Resistor | NYC | May - July
2018 - Nhandepa | 1 month living with Same Putumi in a Huni Kuin village, Western Amazon
2018 - Participant of DINACON : The Digital Naturalism Conference. In Koh Lon, Thailand. June-July
2018 - Artist in tech residency at Pioneer Works, NYC. April -| May
2017 - Artist in residency at Le Centre in Cotonou | Benin | September
2017 - Fellowship at ITP NYU during its Summer Camp | NYC | June
2017 - Artist in residency in AnnexB | Bushwick NYC | March and July.
2014/2015 - Shared an art studio with Maurício Hora, a Community Leader and President of the Casa Amarela Art Center. The studio was part of a low income community project towards art democratization, named "Imaginary Zone". Vanessa was an active member of the studio for 2 years and continues to develop projects with Mauricio | Rio de Janeiro
2014 - Artist in Residency at MACAO | Milan, Italy | April
2014 - Transnational Dialogues, participating artist in the cultural caravan | Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil | February
Selected Lectures and Art Talks
FabLearn 2020 - Indigenous algorithmic art and contemporary education - experiments and possibilities. October 11, 2020Frankfurt Book Fair author's events - Diana's World - a children's book journey through global art history ! - October 15, 2020Processing Communtiy Day NYC- Algorithmic art and indigenous communities |March 2020
NYC Resistor Artist in residence Talk - July 07 2019
'Nhandepa' Exhibition Open Debate at Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil. 16 February 2019. DCG Lectures: Arte, imagens algorítmicas e diversidade cultural - Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon. October 26, 2017 Art, Parametric Design and Public Spaces - Lecture given with Veronica Natividade in Penn State University, invited by professor José Pinto Duarte. March 2017 DCG Lectures - Proposições artísticas para a Zona Portuária do Rio de Janeiro - Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon. May 2016
Series of art talks in high schools of Annapolis, USA. May 2017. Organized by UrbanWalls Brazil
Solo Shows/ special projects
2019 - Nhandepa | Museum of Image and Sound of São Paulo | São Paulo | February
2018 - Ethnocomputing Experiments | Pioneer Works | New York, USA | April
2017 - Dialogues - Exhibition at Le Centre. Project developed in collaboration with Gérard Quenum | Cotonou, Benin (West Africa) | September
2017 - Infinity Game - Collaboration project/exhibition with Veronica Natividade and Wendi Li. Shown for the first time at Babycastles | NYC, USA | August.
2017 - Imaginary Tiles - Invited to paint the fence surrounding the Pioneer Works - Center for Art and Innovation | Red Hook, NYC, USA. The painting extends over 250m2 | July
2017 - Imaginary Tiles - Solo show in B[x] space | Bushwick, NYC, USA | March
Other projects - exhibits and festivals
2020 - Digital Art Month | Cadaf - Digital Art Fair | Miami, USA | December
2020 - Casa de Colecionador | Artur Fidalgo Gallery | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | January
2019 - Act4Amazon | Re:Gen:CY | NYC, USA | September
2019 - Our Village | If Not Us Then Who | NYC, USA | September
2019 - Interactive Show | NYC Resistor | NYC, USA | April
2017 - Multiplo InComum | A7MA Gallery | São Paulo, Brazil | September
2017 - Context Art Fair | Haas Art Advisory | NYC, USA | May
2017 - Terra Nova | Haas Art Advisory Gallery | NYC, USA | April
2015 - Street Art: Panel of discussion | Local Projects Art Space | NYC, USA | March
2015 - Brooklyn is the Future | The Vasquez Building | NYC, USA | April
2014 - Cooperação | Sesc Santa Luzia (Cultural Center)| Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | September
2013 - Desarquitetura | Centro Cultural Casa Amarela (Cultural Center) | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | April
2013 - The Circle Show | Urban Spree Gallery | Berlin, Germany | July to August
2012 - Olhares para o Céu | Centro Cultural dos Correios (Cultural Center) | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | March to May
2012 - 63o. Salão de Abril (Art Prize) | Galeria Antonio Bandeira (Art Gallery) | Fortaleza, Brazil | April to June
2012 - Ver(a)cidade | Centro Cultural da Caixa Econômica Federal (Cultural Center) | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | October to December
2012 - Mural commission/ exhibition | Artur Fidalgo Galeria (Art Gallery) | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2020 - SP Art - Invited artist with Artur Fidalgo Art Gallery.
Participation in "Street Heroines" Documentary by Alexandra Henry (2015 - 2018)
2016 - Refugee Nation | A campaign by Amnesty International | Rio de Janeiro | August
2016 - MURO - International Art Festival | Invited artist to do a mural painting | Lisbon, Portugal | May
2016 - Stroke Art Fair | Invited artist to do a live painting and participate in the exhibition with A7MA Art Gallery | Munich, Germany | May
2015 - Homenagem à Nise da Silveira | Mural for GAU (Organization for public art, municipality of Lisbon) | Lisboa, Portugal | March
2014 - La Lucha Mapuche en el Mapocho | Mural with Injusticia, support of Red de Apoyo a los Presos Políticos Mapuche | Santiago, Chile | December
2014/2015 - Há muitas noites na noite | film by Silvio Tendler | Time-lapse painting animations | Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2014 - UN Women | Pequim +20 in graffiti | Comission painting about domestic violence | April
2014 - Galerio | Collective Mural Project by EixoRio , with over 100 artists involved | Rio de Janeiro, Brasil | April
2013 - Festival CONCEGRAFF 2013 | Graffiti / Street Art International Festival | Collective mural painting | Concepcion, Chile | March
2012 - Ver(a)cidade | Art exhibition at Centro Cultural da Caixa Rio de Janeiro | Executive Producer | July to December
2012 - Festival Kolirius II | International Graffiti Festival | Collective mural painting | Macaé, Brazil| July
2012 - Embaixadores da Alegria | Samba School Carnaval Parade | Painting of giant flags | February
2012 - Flutuarte | Quadrado da Urca - Gowanus Ballroom | Brazil - USA
2011 - Les tetes de Saint Denis | Urban intervention project | Done with the Synesthesie Art Center | Saint Denis, Île de France , France | January
Workshops on Laser Cut Stencils, Spray painting, Book Illustration ...
5 Published Illustrated books for Viajante do Tempo Publishing Company. Vanessa is one of the Publishers owners, where she is responsible for several book covers/book design and she has represented the company in Brazilian and International Book Fairs, including Frankfurt Book Fair (2013,2017), Salon du Livre de Paris (2015) and Bologna Children's Book Fair (2014)
Collective mural painting coordination
"The Sankofa Project" - Project coordinator in Rio de Janeiro, 2016 - 10 artists involved | Rio de Janeiro | 2016
"The ship of the salt rock" - 4 artists involved: Felipe Carvalho, Diego Deus, Douglas Dobby | Rio de Janeiro | 2014
“Dia Internacional da Luta contra a Violência contra a Mulher” - Coordenadora e artista em projeto da ONG Rede Nami, realizando uma pintura mural 80 m ² com 8 artistas plásticas no Morro da Conceição | Rio de Janeiro | 2011 “Arte, Rua & Pluralidade” - Coordenadora e artista do projeto de pintura mural de 500m² com 14 artistas para a Fundação Roberto Marinho em propriedade desta entidade | Rio de Janeiro | 2012