b. 1984
  • Brazil
Turnover 2023
Record Sale

Denilson Baniwa is an esteemed figure in the realm of contemporary indigenous art in Brazil. Hailing from the Baniwa community, his work serves as a poignant reflection of indigenous identity, culture, and the intricate relationship between traditional knowledge and modernity.

Baniwa’s artistic endeavors encompass a wide array of mediums, including painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. Through his creations, he explores themes such as ancestral wisdom, environmental conservation, and the ongoing struggles faced by indigenous peoples in the face of rapid social and environmental change.

Drawing inspiration from his own heritage and lived experiences, Baniwa infuses his art with symbols, motifs, and narratives deeply rooted in indigenous cosmology and worldview. His work often serves as a powerful form of cultural expression and resistance, challenging stereotypes and misconceptions while celebrating the richness and diversity of indigenous cultures.

In addition to his artistic practice, Denilson Baniwa is actively involved in advocacy efforts aimed at promoting indigenous rights, environmental stewardship, and cultural preservation. Through his collaborations with indigenous communities, cultural organizations, and academic institutions, he works tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of indigenous knowledge and perspectives in addressing contemporary global challenges.

Public Collections

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) – São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM) – São Paulo, Instituto Tomie Ohtake – São Paulo, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (MNBA) – Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC) – Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul (MARGS) – Porto Alegre, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – São Paulo, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC-USP) – São Paulo, Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) – Rio de Janeiro and Fundação Bienal de São Paulo – São Paulo.

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