Marcelo Cipis

1959, São Paulo (BR)

Lives and works in São Paulo (BR)


Marcelo Cipis graduated in 1982 with a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo. He began his career as an illustrator, collaborating with Brazilian newspapers and magazines. From 1982 he participated in the salons of contemporary art of Sao Paulo and realized his first individual in 1988 in the gallery Documenta in Sao Paulo.

Working mainly with drawing and painting with a singular figurative language with references to modernism, design and advertising, as well as an intimate and autobiographical theme tempered with humor, the artist exhibited at the 21st São Paulo International Biennial in 1991 an installation entitled Cipis Transworld, Art, Industry & Commerce, where he created a booth of a fictitious multinational company with products and advertisements in an area of ​​100 square meters. An installation with a self-referential proposal, which positioned the artist, with a neo-neo-dada language, in the artistic scene. Part of this facility was exhibited at the Fujita Vente Museum in Tokyo in 1993 and at the Havana Biennial in 1994. After the São Paulo Biennial in 1992, Marcelo resumes painting with an abstract language for the first time. In 1996 he made the series "drums", of extremely graphic paintings and a series of drawings of the drums and exposes them in the Casa Triângulo in Sao Paulo. In 2000 he received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York.


His works have always been based on the diversity of languages ​​and pictorial procedures, very different from each other, far from following the "coherence" demanded by a conservative Sao Paulo in the 1980s and 1990s.


In 2014, he had an exhibition at the Galeria Virgílio with the title "Como é bom pinttar" (How good it is to paint) and remained without representation of galleries from 2007 until 2014 when he is invited to work with the Emma Thomas Gallery in São Paulo. In 2017 she performs a "revival" of Cipis Transworld in the space of Spike magazine in Berlin and participates in the Arte Atual project with an exhibition at the Tomie Ohtake Institute.


Cipis Transworlds Vitrine - installation -  Marcelo Cipis, curator  Marina Lopes Coelho at Bruthausgallery - ShowCase May-June 2018