Regina Silveira (b.1939) was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil and lives in São Paulo. Throughout more than four decades, Silveira, a critical figure in Brazilian conceptual art, has investigated the tension between movement and spatial perspective, threading political meaning into installations that respond to specific sites. In the 1950s she began her artistic training under the tutelage of expressionist Brazilian painter Iberê Camargo, studying lithography and woodcut, as well as painting. Renowned for her parodic explorations of space through geometric constructs, Silveiraʼs work is celebrated for both its conceptual rigor and formal impact.
During the 1970s she experimented with printmaking and video, engaging with the dynamic developments of the Brazilian art world and the country’s politics at a time of military repression. Throughout her career, she has investigated the representation of reality, and the meaning of visual imagery. Her artistic vocabulary includes various methods of perspectival projection, including skiagraphia (the study of shadows) and the appropriation of shadows of ordinary objects to create duality and tension. Silveira is particularly interested in the paradoxical relationship between presence and absence, a notion that she has examined by incorporating tracks and foot imprints into her visual vocabulary. For her, printmaking is an open field for graphic experimentation that4 also includes video, sculpture, and spacial interventions of architectural proportions.
Regina Silveira has exhibited throughout Europe and the Americas, including recent solo exhibitions at Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil (2015); Museu Chácara do Céu, Museus Castro Maya, Sta Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015); Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2014); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2012); Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (2009); the Køge Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Denmark (2009); Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia (2008); Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia (2007); Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2005); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2004). Her work is represented in public collections internationally, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Miami Art Museum, FL; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; and Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Brazilian Art Critics Association gave her the Award for Life and Work in 2012. Silveira received the Prêmio Governador do Estado de São Paulo and the MASP- Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand Award for Career, accompanied by an exhibition, in 2013.