Ana Prata, born 1980, is a Brazilian artist who graduated in Visual Arts from the University of São Paulo. Since the beginning of her career she has been developing and specializing her research in painting. Her works vary formally by offering different scales, themes and materials as she understands the medium as a way to experiment and as a language. In contrast to other contemporary artist colleagues she explores the possibilities the medium provides by first mastering the very traditional motifs such as landscapes and still lives. In this way she follows a modernistic approach towards painting and its didactics without being nostalgic. The results are lush works oscillating between decorative arts and graphism with dynamic strokes and hints at the different layers of paint that evoke an atmospheric and light image.
She has taken part in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo; Caixa Cultural (Rio de Janeiro, 2017); Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (Ribeirão Preto, 2015); SESC_Videobrasil (São Paulo, 2011 and 2013); Instituto Tomie Ohtake (São Paulo, 2011); Instituto Moreira Salles (Rio de Janeiro, 2013).
She was one of the nominees for the PIPA Award in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2011, she was a resident artist at the Red Bull Art House in São Paulo and at Unlimited residence, New York in 2016.
Her work is part of international collections including Pinault Collection; Jorge Pérez, Miami; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; MAC, São Paulo and Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo.
In 2021 she will have a solo exhibition at Centro Cultural SESC Pompeìa in São Paulo.
The artist lives and works in São Paulo.
selected solo exhibitions
The Life of Things, Tobias Mueller Modern Art, Zurich
Ofrenda, Galeria Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara
Ritual de lo Habitual, Galeria Travesia Cuatro, Madrid
Sorte, Galeria Isla Flotante, Buenos Aires
Retratos e Biombos, auroras, Sao Paulo
Para Hilda Hilst, Biblioteca Municipal Mario de Andrade, Sao Paulo
Miss Natural e outras pinturas, Galeria Millan, Sao Paulo
Portraits, Discoveries, Art Basel Hong Kong
Gone Astray, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
Vitrine, Kunsthalle, Sao Paulo
Minutem, La Maudite, Paris
Bikini Projects #1, Kubikgallery, Porto
O Sol e a Diferenca, Galeria Millan, Sao Paulo
E tambem o elevador, o vulcao e o jantar, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo
Nada pertence, Galeria Marilia Razuk, Sao Paulo
Jogo de Desmontar, Centro Universitario Maria Antonia, Sao Paulo
Sala de Espera, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo