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Full name

Panmela Castro

Title

Visual Artist

Location

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Blurb

Artistic experiences about my female body in the urban landscape.

Biography

Panmela Castro (Rio de Janeiro, 1981) is a visual artist with a master's degree in contemporary artistic processes from the Art Institute at the State University Of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and a bachelor's degree in painting from the Fine Arts School at Federal University Of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), whose marginalized background was the ignite for her practice. With a special interest in performance, she dedicates herself to create confessional artworks related to personal experiences of violence and the imprisonment of binary and heteronormative thinking. Aside from her performances which are her main object, her production goes beyond to photography, video, objects, sculptures and participative installations, as well as her world-famous murals.

The artist has developed art projects in cities in Brazil, the United States, England, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Holland, Austria, Norway, Israel, Turkey, Arab Emirates, South Africa, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and others. She has exhibited her work in museums such as the Stedelijk in Amsterdam and MUBE (Brazilian Sculpture Museum), in São Paulo. Her works are part of collections in the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C., the Museum of the Republic in Rio de Janeiro, and the House of Representatives in Brasilia.

In 2017 she painted the mural, Femme Maison for the Triennial Arts Frestas by curator Daniela Labra invitation. The mural is based on the artist's paint that is part of the collection of the Urban National Museum in Berlin; it shows two female heads intertwined with a flower, which has been accused of representing a vagina, and became a scandal amongst the conservatives of the city. During 7 minutes, Pastor Luis Santos delivered a set of outdated criticisms against the artist (Panmela incorporated the video of the speech as her work) leading the public ministry to file a lawsuit against SESC Sorocaba, which was forced to remove the painting at the end of the Triennal. The case became known as one of the first episodes of the art censorship wave together with the case of the Queer Museum Exhibition and the performance "La Betê" at the Mordem Art Museum Of São Paulo.

The artist likes to say these unique experiences with the marginality of graffiti taught her more than art school ever did; that many of her perceptions of human rights came from this period when she experienced, physically and mentally, different kinds of violence.

Panmela Castro was raised as a "white girl" by her conservative lower middle-class family in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Her mother faced financial trouble and domestic violence with her first husband, she ran away and remarried a man who gave her a dignified life and raised Panmela as his legitimate daughter. With almost no formal education, her new father arranged for her to dedicate herself to her studies until, at the age of 15, Panmela was forced to work following her father's bankruptcy. With her family destabilized, she abandoned her parents' house and lived in one of the most dangerous slums in the city. To pay her bills and schooling, in addition to teaching, she began to draw people on the streets and sell the pieces for 1 Brazilian Real. It was also at that time that, using the alias Anarkia Boladona, she became the first girl of her generation to climb buildings to spray her tag. Panmela was one of the first graffiti writers to paint trains in Rio and she made illegally interventions all city.

In 2005, she began to dedicate herself to mural painting after a negative experience with domestic violence: she was beaten and kept in a private prison by her partner, and this experience definitely influenced the political nature of her works.

Panmela Castro has received many human rights nominations for her activist work in the arts, such as the Vital Voices Leadership Awards (D.C, 2010), the DVF Awards (NY, 2012), the Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2013) and has appeared on important lists such as the American magazine Newsweek as one of "150 Fearless Women Who Are Shaking the World" (2012), among others. In 2007, CNN nominated her as the Brazilian Graffiti Queen. Panmela is the theme of different media platforms such as American TV PBS and the TV Globo program called Fantástico. She is a character in textbooks, art, leadership and human rights books; academic articles, and in other major media around the world.

To bring about effective change in society, Panmela founded the Rede NAMI, an arts and human rights institution where, since 2010, has invested in more than 9,000 women and today is dedicated to black women who are the most affected by feminicide in the country.

Experience

Founder

Panmela Castro Arte e Cultura

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil · 2012 – Present

Art Office

President and Founder

NAMI Rede Feminista de Arte Urbana

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil · 2010 – Present

Women’s Rights organization

Education

Master’s degree in Contemporary Art

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil · 2011 – 2013

Bachelor’s in Visual Arts

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil · 1999 – 2007

Awards
2016 Cultura , Revista Cláudia
Indication for the Award.
2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year , Folha de São Paulo
Indication for the award.
2013 Young Global Leaders , World Economic Forum
2012 Women’s Rights , DVF Awards
Given by Jessica Alba. Other Honorrees inclued Oprah Winfrey
2012 150 Fearless Women , Newsweek Magazine
2011 Raise Talents , Women’s Forum
2010 Women’s Rights , Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards
Given by Reese Witherspoon
2009 Graffiti Artist Of The Decate , Prêmio Hutúz
2007 Graffiti Artist of The Year , Prêmio Hutúz
Exhibitions
2018 StreetTypes (Group), Caixa Cultural DF, Brasília, Brazil
2018 Festival Corpus Críticos (Group), Espaço Z42, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018 Pulso (Solo), AB Galeria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018 Notas Sobre o Feminismo (Group), Sesc São João de Meriti, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2017 Panmela Castro (Solo), Pop International Gallery, New York
2017 Entre Pós Verdades e Acontecimentos – Frestas Trienal de Artes (Group), Sesc Sorocaba, Sorocaba, Brazil
2017 Femme Maison (Solo), Imperator – Centro Cultural João Nogueira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2017 Panmela Castro (Solo), Galeria Fernando Braga, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016 Somos Todos Clarice (Group), Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Performance A Imitação da Rosa
2016 Série Búzios (Solo Exhibition), Galeria Paçoca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016 Projekt M10 (300 m2 mural), Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany
2016 We’re All Connected (Group Show), Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany
2016 Gentileza — O verde-amarelo do Rio (Group Show), Parque das Ruinas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Artwork: Photography Gentileza Gera Gentileza.
2016 Das Virgens em Cadurmes e da Cor das Auras (Group Show), Museu Bispo Rosário Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Artwork: Performance 'Por Quê?"
2016 Red Twins (Solo Mural), Andrew Freedman Art Complex, New York, USA
300m2 of wall.
2016 Frida (Solo Mural), Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
400m2 of wall
2016 Nem Santa, Nem Puta (Solo Mural), J. Walter Thompson Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil
25 m2 of wall.
2016 Mulheres em Fúria (Group Mural), Sesc Santana, São Paulo, Brazil
900 m2 of wall with the artist Siss.
2016 Búzios (Curatorship), Residência NAMI, Búzios, Brazil
Street and Contemporary art show for the summer residence closed.
2015 Yellow Twins (Solo Mural), BAB Bienal, Búzios, Brazil
200 m2 of wall
2015 EVA (Solo Exhibition), Gallery Scenarium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Anarkia Andarilha (Solo Exhibition), Espaço Furnas Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Múltiplo IN-Comum (Group Exhibition), A7ma Gallery., São Paulo, Brazil
2015 Towers Of Power (Group Exhibition), MoMA Design Store, New York
2015 We’ve Got Your Back Girl (Group Exhibition), Pop International Galleries, New York
2015 Pequim + 20 in Graffiti (Curatorship), Exposure Rotary, Brazil
2014 Casa Fenomenal (Group Exhibition), Nike, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 ArtRua Festival (Group Exhibition), Institute Rua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Group Exhibition), -, Vienna, Austria
2014 Where there is respect, there is peace. (Curatorship), Gallery Scenarium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Pequim + 20 in Graffiti (Curatorship), Exposure Rotary, New York
2014 Galerio (Curatorship), Institute Eixo Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 Graffiti, The Art of Color in the Streets (Group Exhibition), Gallery UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 ArtRua Festival (Group Exhibition), Institute Rua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 V Multigrab Expo Shapes (Group Exhibition), Hangar of Urban Arts Hélio g. Pellegrino., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 History Told by Them (Curatorship), Sesc Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 History Told by Them (Curatorship), Cultural Center School Sesc, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 History Told by Them (Curatorship), Urban Art Gallery, School Sesc, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 Project “Vértices” (Curatorship), Sesc Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 The Myth, Bob’s Gallery, New York
2012 Eat Art (Solo Exhibition), Cultural Center CEDIM Heloneida Studart, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Optimística (Group Exhibition), Art Gallery Chimkowe, Santiago, Chile
2012 New Horizons, New looks (Curatorship), Cultural Center CEDIM Heloneida Stuard., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Still in Need (Curatorship), Show, Cultural Center CEDIM Heloneida Stuard., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1st International Urban Artists Show,
2012 Wall At End Violence against Women. (Curatorship), -, Brasília, Brazil
2012 Cup Graffiti (Curatorship), Acari’s wall subway station, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 IV Multigrab Expo Shapes (Group Exhibition), Hangar of Urban Arts Hélio g. Pellegrino., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 ArtRua Festival (Group Exhibition), Institute Rua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 The C.O.P guide to Etiquette (Group Exhibition), Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2011 Color Pink Shock (Group Exhibition), Cultral Center CEDIM Heloneida Studart., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 Summer in Culture (Group Exhibition), Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 Toyart International Exhibition (Group Exhibition), Brazilian Sculpture Museum (MUBE), São Paulo, Brazil
2011 III Multigrab Expo Shapes (Group Exhibition), Hangar of Urban Arts Hélio g. Pellegrino, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 Graffiti Collective Show (Group Exhibition), Gallery BNDES, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 First Graffiti Fine Art International Bienal (Group Exhibition), Brazilian Sculpture Museum (MUBE), São Paulo, Brazil
2010 International Festival of Poster Art (Group Exhibition), Cultural Center of the Federal Justice, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 Hidden zone (Group Exhibition), Sesc Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 Hidden zone (Group Exhibition), CEDIM Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 The Art Whino Art Gallery (Group Exhibition), -, Washington, DC
2009 Mulheres, Gallery Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 3rd Meeting Paulista of Hip Hop (Group Exhibition), Latin America Memorial, São Paulo, Brazil
2009 Araka (Group Exhibition), Espaço 00, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 Peripheral Movement (Group Exhibition), Sesc Caxias, Sesc Niterói and Sesc Madureira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 Xarpi Night Festival, Balaio Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 Blends, Cinelapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 Xarpi Rap Festival 4, Cinelapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 Girls of Graffiti (Curatorship), Traveling exhibition of Urban Artists, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cultural Center Viva Arte; Lacucaracha; Sesc São João de Miriti; Culture house Elbe of Holanda; Sesc Tijuca
2008 Anarkia (Solo Exhibition), Cultural Center La Família Ayara, Bogotá, Colombia
2008 Canvas Tour (Group Exhibition), Rotary Collective Exhibition, Bogotá, Colombia
2008 Banknotes (Group Exhibition), Us & Them Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008 1st Graffiti International Bienal of Belo Horizonte (Group Exhibition), Bienal of Belo Horizonte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2007 Long live the Anarkia (Solo Exhibition), Grand Gallery do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007 On and about the streets (Group Exhibition), Sesc de Madureira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007 From Portinari to Graffiti (Group Exhibition), Sesc Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Clients

Nike Avon Rede Globo Sesc Hublot Firjan Fundação Roberto Marinho Absolut P&G Ann Taylor

Specialties

Murals, Paint on Canvas, Photography, VideoArt, Performace, Women Rights, Entrepreneurship, Gender, Storytelling, Culture, Art Manegement

Skills

Fast, organized, pontual, trustworthy, methodical

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