About the Artist
With a diverse practice comprising painting, sculpture, drawing, installation and photography, Adriana Varejão is one of the most original voices in contemporary Brazilian art. Her work address themes of colonialism, miscegenation and anthropology in Brazil, one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Infused with layers of meaning, her work contains references to both her personal and Brazilian history. Her varied sources of inspiration range from art history to religious art, from erotic art to decorative art, from wall tiles to ceramics, from colonial iconography to images produced by European travellers, and from natural sciences to cartography. She researches these disparate histories and weaves various elements, from traditional to marginalia, together to evoke often forgotten stories and references.