Julio Villani

1956, Marília | SP - Brasil

Born in Marilia in Brazil, Julio Villani works and lives in Paris since 1982. Since his childhood, he began to learn art in the studio of his neighbor who was a restorer of panels and paintings from churches. Julio Villani has repeatedly been in a nomadic and artistic quest which nurtured his subjectivity and his work’s dynamic. After studying at the art faculty of Sao Paulo, he went to Amazonia “to see the sources of indian geometry” and continued research in European museums such as Louvre, National Gallery or Prado, to see artworks known since childhood thanks to photographies. He studied then at Watford School of London and at Beaux-Arts of Paris before getting in 1993 the Leonardo da Vinci grant from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Francophonie.

Julio Villani mixes “historical references of visuality (concrete – constructivist, abstract, surrealist, sensitive geometrical patterns of brazilian indigenous peoples and popular imaginary) with the expansion of directories  - graphic, photographic, chromatic and three-dimensional - to embroid, assembly utilitarian objects, interfere with pre-existing images” . Since the end of the 1990’s, he participates in many exhibitions in France and Brasil.  

Source: Mouvements Modernes


Individual exhibitions:

2016 Oblique Strategies, Raquel Arnaud Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2016 Collapsible Structures, Mercedes Viegas Contemporary Art, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

2012 Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon-les-Bains, Caixa Cultural, Brasilia, DF, Brazil

2010 L'Arpenteur, Musée Zadkine, Paris, France

2009 The scavenger, the angel and the hunched boy, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

2007 Verse and reverse, SESC Santo André, Araraquara, SP, Brazil

2006 Habitat center, New Delhi, India

2006 Gallery 32, London, England

2006 Maison de l'Amérique Latine, Paris, France

2005 Je ne suis pas d'ici, Maison de L’Amérique Latine, Paris, France

2005 Verse and reverse, Araraquara SESC, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2005 Origines du monde, Centre d'art contemporain10neuf, Montbéliard, France

2004 Verse and Reverse, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

2002 Remedos & Remendos, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2002 Paintings and Indirect Objects, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2002 Appropriations | Expropriations, CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

1999 Musée de Dieppe, Passage de Retz, Paris, France

1998 Museum of Art, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

1997 Interventions sur collections, Musée Beaux-Arts, Agen, France

1990 Archaeological forms, La Base, Paris, France


Collective exhibitions:

2016 Tudo Joia, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2012 Brazil, Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon-les-Bains, France

2011 Punto Linea Curva, Contemporaneo C.C. Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2011 Hémisphère Sud, Galerie du Granit, Ecole d'art Gérard Jacot, Belfort, France

2010 Sound Installation 66x96, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2008 Two Way, Sesc Pinheiros, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2007 Projections, Center d'art contemporain 10neuf, Montbéliard, France

2006 Passion et raison d'un esprit constructif: une conquête de l'art d'Amérique latine, Biarritz, France

2006 Oeuvres de la Fondation Daniella Chappard, Le Bellevue, Biarritz, France

2005 Amalgames brésiliens, Musée de L'oeuvre, Mantes-la-Jolie, France

2004 Don't call it performance, Museo del Barrio, New York, United States

2003 Don't call it performance, Reina Sofia Art Center, Madrid, Spain

2001 The Spirit of Our Time, MAM-SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2000 Continental Shift, Fondation Ludwig, Aachen, Germany

1999 Vivre Paris, Espace Electra, Paris, France

1998 Cannibal City, Paço das Artes, São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

1998 São Paulo Art Museum, Col. Gilberto Chateaubriand, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

1996 24? Pontevedera Biennial, Pontevedra, Spain

1993 Interventions sur collection, Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Paris, France

1994 They draw how they paint, MAM, Rio de Janeiro and MAM, Salvador, Brazil

1988 Modernity, Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

1986 Conductor and Giovanni, Institut Italo-Américain, Rome, Italy

1987 Modernity, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

1976 Young drawings, Museum of Contemporary Art, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


são paulo

SP Arte 2019

03.04.2019 - 07.04.2019

07.11.2013 - 10.11.2013

SP Arte 2011

11.05.2011 - 15.05.2011
são paulo

Julio Villani | By a thread

15.06.2019 - 31.07.2019

ArtRio 2018

27.09.2018 - 30.09.2018

SP Arte 2010

29.04.2010 - 02.05.2010


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