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Márcio Vilela


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Márcio Vilela (b.1978, Recife – Brazil), lives and works in Lisbon.

He has a degree in photography from Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Tomar and a master’s degree from the European Master of Fine Art Photography at IED Madrid. His research is related to landscape studies and the relationship between art and science, and he is often involved with research institutions in astrophysics, aerospace engineering, hydrography, among others.

In 2008 he was one of the seven artists selected for the Anteciparte prize. In 2010, he carried out a two-year artistic residency at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, which resulted in the solo exhibition Mono, in 2012,  in Rio de Janeiro. Also in 2012, he participated in an artistic residency on the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, at the invitation of “Galeria Fonseca Macedo”. This residency resulted, in 2014, in the Azores exhibition and the launch of an artist book with the same name. In the same year, at the invitation of the Museum of Modern Art Aloísio Magalhães, he held an artistic residency in the city of Recife, with the intention of developing a new artistic work on landscape and the study of color.

In 2015, he joined the Creative Residences at Pico do Refúgio, on the island of São Miguel, developing the research bases for the Satellites series.

In 2018, he was one of the artists invited to participate in the series Um.Artista, by director Markus Avaloni, which premiered in the same year on Canal Arte1 Brazil.

In 2019, he presented the project Study Chromatic for Blue at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Brasília. Later this year, the Satellites exhibition opened at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Chiado – MNAC.

In 2021, he made “Previsão de Deriva”, on which the television documentary “Deriva” was produced, by Director Luis Costa, with a premiere scheduled for the end of 2022. Still in 2021, he spends 5 months in the forests of northeastern Brazil where he produces the Superflora series, which was presented for the first time at Galeria Foco in Lisbon in January 2022.

Since 2007 he has been teaching in the field of photography. His works are represented in the António Cachola Collection, National Museum of Brasília, Museum of Modern Art Aloísio Magalhães, National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado – MNAC, Museum of Contemporary Art Armando Martins – MACAM and in several private collections.