BIOGRAPHY

Nilson Pimenta

1956, Caravelas | BA - Brazil

2017, Cuiabá | MS - Brazil

Nilson moved with his family to Mato Grosso when He was six and spent his childhood on the rural area. Aline Figueiredo writes about this time: “The fields of Barra do Garças, Brasilândia, Finca-Faca, Irenópolis and Jaciara watched him grow up, planting rice, beans, corn, peanuts and manioc in rough cleared land, only deforested and not worked mechanically.” That was when he made his first efforts at drawing on the ground, gatepost, wherever. He traveled around, working as a farmhand, sugarcane planter and cutter before going to live in the city of Cuiabá in 1978.

He began drawing with coloring pencils that same year and first used paints in 1980. His meeting with painting led him to work as a watchman and then as a supervisor of the Free Studio of the Federal University of Mato Grosso. The inclusion of the human figure into his unmistakable style of landscape in the 1980s ad 1990s did not consequently prevent color from forming a closed mesh, in which blues, greens and browns prevailed. His work is driven by dramatic verve, and his contemporary and agile eye on the themes he portrays can range from a wedding in the Pantanal wetlands to the serial motor-boy killer from the city of São Paulo. He took part in the Naïfs of Brazil Biennial (1988 and 2000) and the Brazil Rediscovery 500 Exhibition (2000). In 1996, he began experimenting with sculpture.

Source: Little Dictionary of the Brazilian People’s Art – 20th Century, by anthropologist and poet Lélia Coelho Frota

 

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Individual Exhibitions:


1996 12 Screens at the Former Governor's Residence, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1995 Solo at Infam, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1994 Grande Sarau Cuiabano, at the Global Garden Hotel, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1991 Solo at Itau galeria, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil


1990 Solo at Pádua Art Gallery, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1987 Solo at Mato Grosso Cultural Foundation, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1987 Solo at the Mato Grossense Museum of Contemporary Art, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1986 Solo at Mato Grosso Cultural Foundation, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1984 Solo at Casa Grande Galeria de Arte, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1984 Scenes from the countryside, wetland situations, at Casa Grande Galeria de Arte, Goiânia, GO, Brazil


1983 Scenes from the countryside at Áurea Palace Hotel, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1983 Small and large works at the Cultural Foundation of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1981 Solo at the Museum of Art and Folk Culture, UFMT, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


 


Collective Exhibitions:


2002 6th Naifs do Brasil Biennial, at Sesc, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


2002 Open Opera: celebration, at Casa das Rosas, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 Pop Brazil: folk art and the folk in art, at the CCBB, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2001 Shape and Color as Light in the Naïfs, at Galeria Itaú Cultural, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


2001 Shape and Color as Light in the Naïfs, at Galeria Itaú Cutural, Penápolis, SP, Brazil


2001 Cultura Brasileira 1, at Casa das Rosas, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 5th Naifs do Brasil Biennial, at Sesc - acquisition award, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


2000 Brazil + 500 Rediscovery Exhibition. Popular Art, at the Bienal Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 Arte Popular Brasileira, at Galeria Brasiliana, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1998 4th Naifs do Brasil Biennial, at Sesc, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


1997 3rd Unama Small Format Salon, at the Unama Art Gallery, Belém, PA, Brazil


1997 Group Exhibition, at the Primitive Art Center of Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1997 5th Victor Meirelles National Salon, at the Masc / Fundação Catarinense de Cultura, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil


1996 3rd Naifs do Brasil Biennial, at Sesc, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


1996 Fine Arts Exhibition, at Sesc Pompéia, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1995 3rd Victor Meirelles National Salon, at the Masc, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil


1995 Exhibition at Atelier Livre, at UFMT, Rondonópolis, MT, Brazil


1995 Divino na Visão, at Sesc / SP - itinerant exhibition, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1994 Brazilian Art Biennial, at Sesc, Araçatuba, SP, Brazil


1994 Art Exhibition of Mato Grosso, at the Instruction Palace, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1994 2nd Brazilian Naive Art Biennial, at Sesc, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


1993 13th Salão Jovem Arte Mato-grossense, at the Cultural Foundation, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1992 Group show, at the Primitive Art Center of Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1992 Invited Artists, at Banco do Brasil Gallery, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil


1992 49th Paranaense Salon, at MAC / PR - special reference, Curitiba, PR, Brazil


1991 Cuiabana Art Fair at the Cuiabano Education Institute, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1991 48th Paranaense Salon, at MAC / PR, Curitiba, PR, Brazil


1990 2nd Mostra Arte da Terra, Tennis Club, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1990 Art Week, at Eldorado Hotel, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1989 1st Matogrossense Salon of Fine Arts at the Cultural Foundation of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1989 Moment of the Republic in Art Mato Grosso at UFMT, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1988 For an Indian identity, Asunción, Paraguay


1988 6th Salon  of Fine Arts of Mato Grosso do Sul, at the Cultural Foundation - acquisition prize, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil


1988 Aqua Agustica, at UFMT, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1988 Negra Sensibilidade, at the Museum of Art and Popular Culture, UFMT, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1988 For an Indian identity, La Paz, Bolivia


1988 Pantanal references in Painting in Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, at Solar Grandjean Montigny, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1988 Pantanal references in painting in Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, in Paço das Artes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1987 6th Fine Arts Exhibition of Mato Grosso do Sul. For an Amerindian Identity - awarded, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil


1987 40th Contemporary Art Salon of Pernambuco, at Galeria Metropolitana Aloísio Magalhães, Recife, PE, Brazil


1987 5th Contemporary Art Salon, at the Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1986 9th National Exhibition of Fine Arts at MAB, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1986 43rd Paranaense Salon at MAC / PR, Curitiba, PR, Brazil


1986 39th Pernambuco Fine Arts Salon, at the State Museum, Recife, PE, Brazil


1986 Art as a form of knowledge at Faap, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1986 Group Show at the UFES Art and Research Gallery, Vitória, ES, Brazil


1985 Arte na Rua, in the murals of Cuiabá - best mural award, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1985 10 Matogrossense Painters, La Paz, Bolivia


1985 7th Fine Arts Salon, at the Pinacoteca of Palácio de Cultura Dr. Pedro Furquim - honorable mention, Presidente Prudente, SP, Brazil


1985 8th National Exhibition of Fine Arts at MAM / RJ - awarded, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1985 3rd São Paulo Contemporary Art Salon, at Biennial Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1985 Luz das Águas, in the lobby of Marechal Rondon Airport, Várzea Grande, MT, Brazil


1984 Group show at Casa da Cultura, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1984 7th National Salon of Fine Arts, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil


1984 Centro Oeste Salon of Fine Arts at Bosque dos Buritis - acquisition prize, Goiânia, GO, Brazil


1984 6th Salon of Fine Arts of Presidente Prudente, at the Palace of Culture - honorable mention, Presidente Prudente, SP, Brazil


1984 7th National Salon of Fine Arts at MAM / RJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1983 2nd National Exhibition of Popular Painting, at Sesc, Bauru, SP, Brazil


1983 Atelier Livre group show at the UFMT Library, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1983 6th National Salon of Fine Arts at MAM / RJ - awarded, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1982 3rd Salon of Fine of Assis - acquisition award, Assis, SP, Brazil


1982 Assis City Hall - acquisition prize, Assis, SP, Brazil


1982 Pedregal's painter boys, at the UFMT Library, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1982 Naive and Primitive, at Sesc - intention award, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


1982 5th National Salon of Fine Arts, at MAM / RJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1982 Brazil seen by popular painters from Mato Grosso, at MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1982 Work in Popular Painting, at the Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1981 Brasil-Cuiabá: cabocla painting, at the Cultural Foundation of Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1981 5th Salão Jovem Arte Mato-Grossense - grand prize, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1981 Goiânia Regional Art Hall at the Bosque dos Buritis Culture Center - awarded, Goiânia, GO, Brazil


1981 Group show at Galeria Cesar Aché, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1981 Brasil-Cuiabá: cabocla painting, at MAM / RJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1981 Brasil-Cuiabá: cabocla painting, at MAM / SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1981 Group show at Galeria Brasiliana, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1980 Artists from Mato Grosso Today, at the Museum of Art and Folk Culture at UFMT, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1980 Primitives of Mato Grosso,  MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


 


Coleções Públicas:


Fondation Cartier pour l`art contemporain, Paris, France


 


Publicações Selecionadas:


2012 Histoires de Voir - Show and Tell, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Editoriale Bortolazzi-Stei


2012 Teimosia da imaginação: Dez artistas brasileiros, Maria Lucia Montes, Martins Fontes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

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Histoires de Voir – Show and Tell | 2012

15.05.2012 - 21.10.2012