Beatriz Milhazes is widely recognised as Brazil’s top modern artist and at 53, with a career spanning almost 30 years, the geometric abstractionist has a bursting portfolio of work.
Having exhibited at the Venice Biennial, received critical acclaim for her solo show at Paris’ Foundation Cartier, and hung pieces at New York’s Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art, she’s finally returning home for a retrospective in Rio.
After years on the road, Milhazes says it’s good to be back: “It has been 11 years since I have shown an exhibition in my city, where I live, where I have my studio. Rio today is part of a greater international art circuit.”
It is a circuit Milhazes knows well after her painting ‘The Magician’ sold for more than $1 million at a New York auction in 2008. In 2011, her piece ‘My Lemon’ went for $2.1 million, making her Brazil’s highest-paid living artist and pushing a Latin American artist into the upper echelons of the international art market for the first time in years.
For Milhazes, it is a considerable milestone that marks a changing of the guard in the global art scene:“These sums were normal for European artists, North American artists…Asian artists have also been there for the last few years. We Latin Americans were once excluded from this world but finally we have become part of it.”
The show – entitled ‘Meu Bem’, Portuguese for ‘My Dear’ – is on at Rio de Janeiro’s Centro Cultural Paso Imperial until October 27th.