Vik Muniz
B.1961
Biography

Born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1961, Vik Muniz is recognized for his photographs of reimagined, largely art historical imagery, which he creates out of a wide variety of materials—from chocolate and sugar to junk and toys. His work has been exhibited in prestigious institutions worldwide with recent solo exhibitions at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands (all 2016). His work is included in the collections of major international museums such as: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; among many others.

Muniz is involved in social projects that use art-making as a force for change. In 2010 his work with a group of catadores – pickers of recyclable materials – was the subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary film Waste Land. In recognition of his contributions to education and social development including his work with the catadores, he was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2011. More recently, he opened Escola Vidigal, offering preschool and afterschool programs in art, design and technology to children 4 to 8 years old at the favela Vidigal in Rio de Janeiro.

Muniz currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Exhibitions
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Epistemes
February 23 - April 1, 2017
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Album
April 10 - May 10, 2014
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Pictures of Magazines 2
September 9 - October 15, 2011
Publications
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Verso
2009
Text Luc Sante interview by Eva Respini Softcover, 76 pages Published by Charta, Milan ISBN: 978-8881587230 $34.95 Available from Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
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Vik Muniz
2016
Text by Arthur Ollman Interview by Diana B. Wechsler Hardcover, 192 pages Published by DelMonico/Prestel, Munich ISBN: 978-3791355191 $60.00 Available at Amazon.com
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Editions
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Brillo Box, after Warhol (Pictures of Magazines 2)
2015
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Pictures of Garbage
2008-11
News
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Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey


Vik Muniz Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey Zuazua y Jardón S/N, Centro Monterrey, N.L. Mexico, 64000 March 10 - June 11, 2017 The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey presents the retrospective of renowned contemporary artist Vik Muniz (Sao Paolo, Brazil 1961), one of the most important, innovative and creative visionaries of our time, who has turned his work into the sort of art that plays with the illusions of the spectator: classic paintings and photographs of images created by combining a pop attitude in regards to the theme, with a pictorial point of view in terms of the unconventional processes and materials used, including sugar, tomato sauce, diamonds, magazine clippings, chocolate sauce, dust, garbage, and more recently, individual grains of sand and bacterial organisms, thus carefully creating 3D images before photographing them with his camera. read more