Adriana Varejão


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.

In Focus

Posted from The New York Times

Waves of Dark History Break on an Olympic Pool

By Laura van Straaten

In a few weeks, as TV cameras swoop over the Olympic Park in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, viewers will glimpse what looks like a colossal seascape mural encircling the new aquatics stadium.


But what appears to be ancient, cracked decorative tile is actually a scrim of 66 panels of perforated canvas, each 90 feet high - the largest contemporary artwork commissioned for Rio 2016. And the blue-and-white work is steeped in a complicated past that is typical of its creator, Adriana Varejão, 51, the revered Rio artist…

July 13, 2016
If you look closely, it’s not just a seascape, but parts of angels, and other historic Baroque motifs, all fragmented, reordered and turbulent.

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

6 June - 2 August 2014

Adriana Varejão

The artist's fifth solo presentation with Victoria Miro and her first in the Mayfair gallery. One of the most original voices in contemporary Brazilian art, Varejão's diverse practice comprises painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Her sources encompass the baroque, history,...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
16 October - 9 November 2013

Adriana Varejão

A new body of work by the artist, in her fourth solo presentation at the gallery. One of the most original voices in contemporary Brazilian art, Varejão's diverse practice comprises painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Her sources are many, encompassing...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
7 September - 1 October 2011

Adriana Varejão

Victoria Miro is delighted to present a new body of work by Adriana Varejão in her third solo presentation at the gallery and her first show in London since 2004. One of the most original voices in contemporary Brazilian art,...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
14 September - 9 October 2004

Adriana Varejão

In the Sauna paintings, Varejão explores questions inherent to painting and geometry, with a sensitive use of light and shade to represent simple, contemporary tiled interiors that the artist describes as 'psychological ambience'. Fine colour gradations enliven the apparent chromatic...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
14 January - 14 February 2004

Extended Painting

Group Exhibition
Anne Chu, Hiroko Nakao, Jacco Olivier, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Adriana Varejão This exhibition features six artists from Asia, the Americas and Europe whose work extends the possibility of painting beyond the canvas. American artist Anne Chu uses a variety...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
30 January - 28 March 2002

Adriana Varejão

Adriana Varejão fills the Lower Gallery with a monumental wall based installation, Macau Wall, while the Upper Gallery houses new individual floor and wall based work. The fine colour gradations that enliven the apparent chromatic uniformity of Varejão's recent painting...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 May - 30 June 2000


Group Exhibition
Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
Victoria Miro Gallery I

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