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Célio Braga is a multidisciplinary artist whose/career has been marked by his ability to redefine and to expand conventional categories such as photography, painting, drawing, textiles and sculpture, making reference to a broad spectrum of visual language and traditions of making. 

He experiments with different media and pushes them to the limit through successive construction techniques. These time-consuming processes of making include, collage, perforation, layering, mending, stitching, embroidery and weaving, coalescing in a constant process of construction, destruction and reconstruction.

The complex nature of his work embodies a sense of impermanence, doubt and transformation that he considers implicit in the act of creating, both formally and in its potential for generating meaning.

In his recent works, we find elements and formal associations to the openings of the body, the so-called contact zones, to natural growth, to scars, wounds, vulvas, phallus, eyes, tears, blood, mouths, thorns, and teeth. Those elements and visual forms proliferate in rich compositions dealing with themes of sexuality, homoeroticism, religion, gender, violence, birth and death.

The new works are ambiguous in their refusal to be categorized, they are open to a myriad of interpretations which creates a constant friction between bodily presence and absence.


Biography / CV

Célio Braga

Lives and works in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and São Paulo (Brazil)


Gerrit Rietveld Académie, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

-’SKIN . WOUND . QUEER’, KunstMuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands

-‘Flesh and Flowers’, Galerie Phoebus Rotterdam, The Netherlands

-’80 Bullets’ - Barklund & Co., Stockhom - Sweden
-‘Lama e Arco-Íris Azul e Rosa’ - Galeria Pilar - São Paulo - Brasil

-‘The Years . The Tears . The Rainbow . The Endless Sea - PLATINA Stockholm - Sweden
-‘Field of Flowers’, Phoebus Rotterdam - The Netherlands

-‘White Blur’, Phoebus Rotterdam - The Netherlands

-‘Abluções’, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Goiás - MAC - Goiânia - Brasil (cat.)
-‘Ablutions’, Museu Victor Meirelles, Florianópolis - Brasil (cat.)

-‘MultiColoridos’, Galeria PIILAR, São Paulo - Brasil
-‘GRID’, Hein Elferink Galerie, Staphorst - The Netherlands

-‘Célio Braga (Solo)’, PINTA Art Fair / Galeria Pilar-SP, London - United Kingdom

-‘Pharmacia Deluxe’, Galeria Amparo 60, Recife - Brasil
-‘Litanies’, Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst - The Netherlands
-‘Doloridos.Coloridos’, Galeria PILAR, São Paulo - Brasil

-‘Abstrações para Morrer de Amor’, Galeria da FAV - Goiânia - Brasil

-‘Lacerations’, Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst - The Netherlands

-‘Unveil’, Teto Projects, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-‘Caio, Felix, Cuts and Perforations’, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo – Brasil

-‘Recent Works’ Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst, The Netherlands
-‘Possible Jewellery and Related Objects’, Rob Koudijs Galerie, Amsterdam -The Netherlands

-‘B.L.U.E’, BalinHouseProjects, London - England
-Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst - The Netherlands

-Galerie van der Mieden, Antwerpen - België
-‘Liquescent’, Platina Gallery, Stockholm - Sweden

- ‘Brancos’, Galerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

- ‘White Shirts’, HuisRechts, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-‘Objeto desejado (e para sempre) ausente’, MAC-Goiás, Goiânia - Brasil

Group Exhibitions (selection)

-’Un-Solid. Still Being Formed’- Célio Braga & Juliette de Graaf’. Josilda da Conceição Gallery, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-’UNTITLED 1, Célio Braga & Yang Ha’. Josilda da Conceição Gallery, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-‘HUID’, BONNEFANTEN Museum, Maastricht -The Netherlands
-‘DE PEST’, Het Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen - The Netherlands

-‘Verdadero es lo hecho’, Museo José Hernández, Buenos Aires - Argentina
-‘HUID’, Tentoonstelling Zaal Zwijgershoek, Antwerpen - België
-‘Black & White’, TextielMuseum Tilburg - The Netherlands

-‘Cultural Threads’, TextielMuseum Tilburg - The Netherlands (cat.)
-‘QUEERMUSEU’, EAV Parque Laje, Rio de Janeiro - Brasil (cat.)
-‘Beyond the Body’, Art Center Silkeborg Ban - Denmark (cat.)

-‘EVOÉ’, Galeria Amparo 60 - Recife, Brasil
-‘QUEERMUSEU’, Satander Cultural, Porto Alegre – Brasil (cat.)
-‘HIGHLY VOLATILE’, Vishal Haarlem – The Netherlands

-’TUDO JOIA’,  Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, Brasil

-‘Born of Concentration’, RAM Foundation Rotterdam - The Netherlands
-‘Under  the Skin’, Textile Museum Tilburg - The Netherlands (cat.)
-‘Fashion & Mortality’, Lentos Museum Linz - Áustria (cat.)

-‘O que ainda não é’, Galpão TAC, Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
-‘Threads’, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem - The Netherlands (cat.)

-‘Beyond the Body’, WELTKUNSTZIMMER, Dusseldorf - Germany (cat.)

-‘Us, in Flux’, Lawrimore Project / Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle - USA. (cat.)
-‘ONTKETEND’, Museum voor Modern Kunst, Arnhem - The Netherlands
-‘Drawing Now Staphorst’, Galerie Hein Elferink,  Staphorst - The Netherlands
-‘Salon du Dessin Contemporaine’/Galerie Hein Elferink, Paris - France
-‘PULSE Art Fair’/Sienna Gallery, New York - USA.
-‘EMBRACED’, GustavsBergs Konsthall - Sweden (cat.)

-‘THINK TWICE’, MAD-Museum of Arts and Design, New York - USA

-‘SLASH - Paper Under the Knife’ (cat.), Museum of Arts and Design, New York - USA
-‘Start’, Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst - The Netherlands

-‘Papier Biënnale 2008’, Museum Rijswijk - The Netherlands (cat.)
-‘SOFT (Autonomous Textiles)’, LandsMuseum, Linz - Austrian

-‘Licht’, RC de Ruimte , Ijmuiden - The Netherlands
-‘Hard Candies’, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
-‘GlassWear’, Toledo Museum of Art - U.S.A / SchmuckMuseum Pforzheim - Germany (cat.)
-‘Act//’, Huisrechts, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
-‘Fragmentos do Corpo’, Galeria da FAV, Goiânia, - Brasil (cat.)
-‘Focus 4’, KCO CultuurSalon, Zwolle - The Netherlands
-‘2MOVE: Double movement’, Sala Verónicas-Centro Párraga, Murcia – Spain / ZuiderzeeMuseum, Enkhuizen - The Netherlands (cat.)
-‘Brazil Art Lounge’, TAC Eindhoven - The Netherlands
-‘.G.E.B.O.R.D.U.U.R.D.’, TextilMuseum, Tilburg - The Netherlands (cat.)
-‘Schmuck 2006’, Internationalen Handwerksmesse München - Germany / Museum of Arts and Design, New York - U.S.A

-‘Bock mit Inhalt’, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-‘LOSS’, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam  - The Netherlands (cat.)
-‘Doações MAC 1999-2004’, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Goiás, Goiânia - Brasil
-‘Oogstrelend Schoon’, CODA-Apeldoorns Museum - The Netherlands
-‘Solo’, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen - The Netherlands

-‘Ravary Project’, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen - The Netherlands
-‘BLUR, The Bluring of Categories in the Applied Arts’, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam -The Netherlands

-‘FRAU WILLHELM’, Fanshop Amsterdam - The Netherlands
-‘Nature and Time - International Jewelery Competition’, Deutsches Goldschmiedhaus, Hanau – Germany (cat.)
-‘Hair Stories’, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York - USA
-‘Beziehungen’, Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
-‘DISPLAY’, A Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions-2000/2001, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - The Netherlands (cat.)
-‘FILZ FELT’, Landsmunseum für Vorgeschichte Dresden – Germany / Deutsches Textilmuseum Krefeld - Germany (cat.)

-‘SIERADEN’, The Choice of Apeldoorn, Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn - The Netherlands / Badisches Landesmuseum Kalsruhe - Germany (cat.)

-‘Eindexamententoonstelling’ - Kunstpaviljoen, Nieuw-Roden - The Netherlands
-‘Annual International Graduation Show’, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen - The Netherlands (cat.)
-‘HAUTNAH’, Kunsthalle, Wien - Áustria

-SBK Ijmond-Noord, Beverwijk - The Netherlands

-‘Bienal do Incomum’, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Goiânia - Brasil (cat.)

-‘Fragments/Wholeness’, Ariel Gallery, New York - USA


-’Full Blown/Walking on Flowers’, De Oude Kerk Amsterdam/MuseumNacht 11 - The Netherlands

-‘Similitude’ (with Rose Akras), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo - Brasil

-‘7 maneiras…’ (with Rose Akras)/VERBO, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo - Brasil

-‘A self Portrait with many faces’ (with Antonio P. de Souza), De BrakkeGrond, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-‘Natural Diversity’ (with Antonio P. de Souza), The Veem Theatre Amsterdam - The Netherlands


-Basisstipendium, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-Startstipendium, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-Startstipendium, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

-Marzeer Prize, Nijmegen - The Netherlands


- The Skin I Live in (Centro Cultural Valparaiso) – Chile

- Konstfack (Art Academie) – Stockholm - Sweden
- Lichaamssnoep (Stedelijk Museum CS), Amsterdam - The Netherlands

- Lichaamssnoep (Textile Museum Tilburg), Tilburg - The Netherlands

-‘Odradek, The Making, Unmaking and Remaking of the Elephant’,TallerEloi), Buenos Aires -Argentinian
-‘Odradek, The Making, Unmaking and Remaking of the Elephant’, Museo Caraffa, Cordoba - Argentinian


-IASPIS Stockholm - Sweden

-Sobrado na Ladeira, Florianopólis - Brazil
-TextilMuseum Tilburg - The Netherlands

-Hans Peter Stiftung, Dusseldorf – Germany

-European Ceramic Work Centre, ‘s-Hertgenbosch - The Netherlands

Public Collections

-Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - The Netherlands
-Museum Booijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam - The Netherlands
-CODA Museum, Apeldoorn - The Netherlands
-TextielMuseum, Tilburg - The Netherlands
-KunstMuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands
-MAC - Goiás, Goiânia - Brasil
-Coleção da FAV-UFG-Go, Goiânia - Brasil
-Fundação Jaime Camâra - Goiânia - Brasil
-Marzee Collection, Nijmegen - The Netherlands
-Rotasa Trust Collection – USA

Publications (selection)

-’Célio Braga - ARMORED/WOUNDED’, Ernst Van Alphen - Skin.Wound.Queer- KunstMuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands . 2023
-’Remains - Tomorrow: Themes in Contemporary Latin American Abstraction’, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill - Hatje Cantz Publication, 2022
-‘HUID’ (onderdeel van ELEMENTS - Gerd Dierck) ), 2021, Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht - The Netherlands
-‘Célio Braga borduurt over de kwetsbare mens’, 2018 ( Chris Reinewald) – TXP, # 246, Jaargang 62, Winter 2018 - Magazine Over TextielKunst
-‘Beyond the Body’ (Anne Berk), Art Center Silkeborg Bad – Denmark - SBN 978-87-91252-81-5
-‘Cultural Threads - 2017 (Christel Vesters) - TextielMuseum Tilburg - The Netherlands -ISBN/EAN 978-90-70962-64-7
-‘Balin House Projects 10 Years’ – 2017, London - UK  - ISBN: 978-0-9956300-0-0
-‘Abluções’, (Hercules Goulart Martins) 2016, Museu Victor Meirelles, Florianópolis - Brasil
-‘Abluções’, (Hercules Goulart Martins / Gilmar Camilo) 2016,  MAC-Goiás - Brasil
-‘Multiple Exposure (Ursula Ilse-Newman), The Museum of Arts and Design-MAD-NY, 2014
-‘Nós Afetivos’, Revista Bamboo nr. 40,  10.2014 - Brasil
-‘Threads’ (Mirjan Westen), 2014, Museum Arnhem - The Netherlands
-‘Embraced: Jewellery Sites’, 2011(Anders Ljungberg),  Gustavsbergs Konsthall - Sweden -ISBN978-91-978426-5-5
-‘Beyond the Body’ (Anne Berk, Astrid Meyerde, Wolfgang Schäfer), 2012 HPZ Stiftung
-‘Cutting Edges-Contemporary Collages’ (Robert Klanten, Hendrik Heillige, James Gallager), Die Gestalte, Berlin - Germany
-‘EXIT 32’ Estéticas Migratorias: Movimento Double, MIeke Bal (Madrid, 2008)
-‘Items 2’, 2007, ‘Sieraden, over de dingen die voorbijgaan’  (Roelin Plaatsman) - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-‘Kunstbeeld.nl nr. 5’, 2006 – reviews - pg. 90 ( Wim van der Beek) - The Netherlands
-‘Deliriously’, (2006 - ISBN 90 70680 750) Sharing a Common Skin (Ernst van Alphen)
-‘G.E.B.O.R.D.U.U.R.D, (2006 ISBN 90-70962-37-3) Louise Schouwenberg
-‘Schmuck 2006’, Herausgeber, 2006, München - Duitsland
-‘Itens 1’, January/February 2006, Opsmuk-Jonge Sieraadontwerpers in Nederland.
-‘GZ Art+Design’, Stuttgart (3-2005), Jewelry in a new costume ( Katja Poljanac)
-‘Stedelijk Museum Bulletim (Nr.06, 2004), Loss (Marjan Boot), Amsterdam – The Netherlands
-‘Het Financieele Dagblad’ (13,11,2004), ‘Verwelkende porselein’ (Chris Reinewald)
-‘Loss’, Braga/Eichenberg/Mackert, ISBN 90-809189-1-1 - 2004
-‘Nieuwsbrief NO 83’ - SMBA, Loss, (Marjan Boot)
-‘Tableau’ (26ste Jaargang nr.4 Sep./Okt. 2004), ‘De illusie van het Voorbije’ (Chris Reinewald)
-‘Diario da Manhã’, Goiânia-Brazil (07.31.2004), Panorama da Arte Contemporânea (Ivair Lima)
-‘Marzee Magazine nr 35’, November 2003 - January 2004
-‘Cahier Ravary’ # 18-27 September 2003 - Galerie Marzee
-‘De Telegraaf’, Zaterdag 27 Juli 2002, Hip en oergezellig ( Fiona Hering)
-‘Het PAROOL’, Donderdag 25 Juli 2002, Instant Knus breien is hip ( Pam van der Veen)
-‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung,’ 21. April 2002, Nr 16, Auffrisiert Hair Stories-eine Ausstellung in New York (jordan Mejias)
-‘New York Review’, N.Y May 6, 2002, On View: Locks Opening
-‘TimeOut’, New York, May 2-9, 2002, ‘Hair Stories’ (Linda Yablonsky)
-‘Volkskrant’, 22 april 2002, SieraadKunst in de etalage van het Stedelijk (Mieke Zijlmans)
-‘Bulletim Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam,’ 2/2002-Sieraden in Display (Liesbeth den Besten)
-‘Het PAROOL’, Maandag 22 april 2002, Hout en goud in etalage van Stedelijk (Marleen Hengeveld)
-‘DISPLAY-A Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2000/1’, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
-‘International Textilkunst’, (Marz 2001), Ausstellung im Badisches Landsmuseum Karslruhe
-‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’, Germany(24.01.2001), Alles im Griff dem stinkenden Schiff
-‘Felt/Art’, Crafts and Design, Arnoldsche Art Publishers.2000, Peter Schmitt
-‘Gazetta’, Goiânia - Brasil (May 2000), ‘Diversas faces do desejo’
-‘O Popular’, Goiânia -Brasil (May 2000), ‘Sexo e misticismo na arte contemporânea’


Photo’s credit

Clemens Boon
Josefina Elkenaar
Peter Gerritsen
Cris Bierrenbach
Fernanda Figueiredo
Henk Nieman
Paulo Dourado Rezende
Ding Musa
Remco Veenbrik

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