Maria Thereza Alves


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Maria Thereza Alves, a Brazilian artist living in Europe, researches social and cultural phenomena. Alves focuses on concepts that question social circumstances; concerning what we think we know, who we think we are and to look instead at where and how we actually are at this time.

Maria Thereza has recently exhibited in the Paris Triennial, Guangzhou Triennial, (d)OCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Taipei Biennial, Manifesta in Trento, the Prague Biennal, the Athens Biennal and the Lyon Biennal where she received the Prix de la Francophonie. In 2015 she partipated to Art Dubaï and set up a major solo exhibition in the Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain. In 2017 she has been awarded by the Vera List Prize.

Other selected exhibits:

Museo Tamayo in Mexico City Fondazione Sandretto in Torino, Berlin Film Festival, Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, Kunsthalle in Basel, San Francisco Art Institute, Michel Rein Gallery in Paris, NBK in Berlin, Musée Portuaire in Dunkirk, Nikolaj in Copenhagen, Liverpool Biennale, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Culturegest in Lisbon, RAM in Roma, Werkleitz Biennale, Gallery 101 in Montreal, BueroFriedrich in Berlin, Villa Medici in Rome, TaideMuseo in Pori, Museum in Progress in Vienna, Insite in Tijuana and San Diego, Kunstwerkt in Munich, Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Boxx in Brussels, Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Central Space Gallery in London, New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Temistocles 44 in Mexico City, Casa del Lago in Mexico City, La Estacion Gallery in Cuernavaca, Bienal de Habana, and Kenkeleba House in New York.

Selected press


Zigzags Blog

Maria Thereza Alves

December 2017


Maria Thereza Alves

November 2017

The New York Times

Maria Thereza Alves

October 2017


Maria Thereza Alves

December 2016

Le Quotidien de l'Art

Maria Thereza Alves

November 2016

The New Yok Times

Maria Thereza Alves

November 2016


Maria Thereza Alves - Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville

April 2015

El Cultural

Dónde estamos y quiénes somos

March 2015

Al Arabiya News

On the road to Art Dubai 2015

March 2015


Maria Thereza Alves - Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo

January 2015

Rufian Revista

El regreso de un Lago

January 2014


The Lake that Disappears, The Lake that Emerges:

September 2013

Ouest France

30 femmes endossent les grands nus de l'histoire

March 2012


Arte contra el sistema

June 2010

Art press

Rendez-vous 09

November 2009


top 10

March 2008



Maria Thereza Alves

May 2017
Publisher: Sternberg Press & CAAC
ISBN 978-84-9959-238-120.00 €

Seeds of Change: A Floating BAllast Seed Garden

May 2015

Maria Thereza Alves

December 2013
Publisher: École des beaux-arts de Nantes
ISBN 979-10-92693-00-3