Gustavo Prado


(São Paulo, 1981)

The work of Gustavo Prado employs sculpture, drawing, performance, photography and video to explore the manifold aspects of space. In the Perceptible series (2002-2011) the phenomenological experience becomes the crux of an investigation pursued within environments constructed with fluorescent lamps, fabric, metal structures and motion sensors, together forming a system which invites multiple responses to the encounter between body and place. In Trespass (2009), the artist uses a handheld rectangular mirror to project the intense summer light into the interiors of several apartments, a game which becomes a means of illuminating the boundaries of private space.

In the Measure of Dispersion series (2014-2016), industrial metal structures with concave mirrors typically used to expand a driver’s field of vision create something akin to an “anti-camera,” which rather than fixing a moment or image of that which stands before it, reflects a fragmented body simultaneously located within different points in space, obfuscating the viewer’s perception of themselves and their surroundings as an integral and idealized whole.

Gustavo Prado was born in São Paulo in 1981. He studied Philosophy and Industrial Design, and received his artistic training at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. His work has been shown at "The Year of Brazil in France" at the Le Carreau du Temple, Paris; the “Rumos Visual Arts Program” at São Paulo’s Itaú Cultural Foundation; the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio); the Paço Imperial Cultural Institute, Rio de Janeiro; and the Sergio Porto Cultural Space, Rio de Janeiro. He is a recipient of the “Projéteis” Contemporary Art Award by the Brazil’s National Foundation for the Arts (Funarte). His work has been acquired by the collections of Gilberto Chateaubriand and Ricardo Rego.

The artist has been a participant in various residencies, including Aprofundamento Program at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage; and the Sculpture Installation and New Media Art Residency at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Prado has published critical essays in several of Brazil’s top art publications, and is an editor and co-founder of Jacaranda Magazine. He lives and works in New York.


Solo Exhibitions


Assembly. Galerie Richard, New York, USA


Collision Collusion Collision. LURIXS: Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro


The Opposition. Gilter Gallery, New York, USA


Group Exhibitions


Bric Biennial Volume III. New York, USA

O que emana da água. Galeria Carbono, São Paulo, Brazil


Pequenos formatos e múltiplos. LURIXS: Arte Contemporânea. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trio Biennial. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Positions Matter. Galerie Richard, New York, USA

Reflector. Luciana Brito Gallery, New York, USA


Monumental. Marina da Glória. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Intervenções Urbanas Bradesco ArtRio. MAM, Rio de Janeiro

Em Casa. LURIXS: Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro

Bronx Calling. The Fourth AIM Bronx Museum Biennial, New York

Summer Night Wishes. Elizabeth Street Garden, Soho New York

Lamp beside the golden door. Coachella Music Festival, California

Spring Break Art Show, Curated by Marc Azoulay, New York

Spring Break Art Show, Curated by Chris Bors and Nicolas Touron, New York


Drake Devonshire Residency, Toronto

Procession. Foley Gallery, New York

Beneath Our Feet on and the Surface of Things. Residency Unlimited, New York

Art In Buildings. West 10th Street Window, New York

Heliotrope. Geary Contemporary Gallery, New York

Drake Devonshire, Toronto

Spring Break Art Show, New York


SVA Sculpture Installation and New Media Residency Open Studios, New York

Harlem 149th. Pop Up Show at 601 West Harlem, New York

Transplantados. Casa Samambaia Gallery, São Paulo


Polysemy. Java Studios Gallery, New York


On Going. FB Gallery, New York


Entre-Vistas. EAV Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro

Kaixa Preta. Espaço Apis, Rio de Janeiro

Novas Aquisições na Coleção Gilberto Chateubriand. MAM, Rio de Janeiro


Novas Aquisições na Coleção Gilberto Chateubriand. MAM, Rio de Janeiro


Furta-Cor. Espaço Sergio Porto, Rio de Janeiro

Rumos Itaú Cultural. Belém

Rumos Itaú Cultural. Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro

Prêmio Projéteis de Arte Contemporânea. Funarte, Rio de Janeiro

Rumos Itaú Cultural. São Paulo


Projéteis, Ano do Brasil na França (Year of Brazil in France), Paris


Salão Nacional de Goiás - Prize Flamboyant, Brasília

Posição 2004, School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro

Novíssimos at IBEU (Institute Brazil United States), Rio de Janeiro

Universidarte Prize, Rio de Janeiro 


Projéteis, Funarte (National Fundations for the Arts), Rio de Janeiro

Projeto 8:7, School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage Rio de Janeiro

Universidarte, Rio de Janeiro

Grande Orlândia, Rio de Janeiro

Inclassificados, Rio de Janeiro


Programa 10 de 2002, at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro



Casa Firjan. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ricardo Rego Collection. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Not Vital Collection. Sent, Switzerland

Alex Friedman Collection. New York, USA