cao guimarães
untitled from the series ilhas, 2013
digital print on cotton paper
61 x 83 cm

Cao Guimarães (b. 1965, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) lives and works in Belo Horizonte. Considered to be one of Brazil’s most prolific contemporary artist, Cao Guimarães works in the intersection of cinema and the visual arts. Producing films since the late 80s, the artist has been collected by prestigious names such as Tate Modern (United Kingdom), MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum (USA), Fondation Cartier (France), Colección Jumex (Mexico), Inhotim (Brazil), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Spain) and others. He has participated of important exhibitions such as XXV and XXVII São Paulo Biennial, Brazil; Insite Biennial 2005, Mexico; Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, USA; Tropicália: The 60s in Brazil, Austria; Sharjah Biennial 11 Film Programme, United Arab Emirates and Ver é Uma Fábula, Brazil, a large mid-career survey with most of the artist’s works exhibited in Itaú Cultural, Brazil. He is the author of 9 feature films: The Man of the Crowd (2013), Otto (2012), Elvira Lorelay Alma de Dragón (2012), Ex It (2010), Drifter (2007), Accident (2006), The Soul of the Bone (2004), Two Way Street (2002) and The End of the Endless (2001). Cao Guimarães has been invited to display his films at renowned international film festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Sundance, Venice, Rotterdam and Berlin.  In 2011, MoMA held a retrospective of his films and in 2014, BAFICI (Buenos Aires) and Mexico’s Cinematheque also held retrospectives of his work.