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About Vik Muniz

Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is best known for repurposing everyday materials for intricate and heavily layered recreations of canonical artworks. Muniz works in a range of media, from trash to peanut butter and jelly, the latter used to recreate Andy Warhol’s famous Double Mona Lisa (1963) that was in turn an appropriation of Da Vinci’s original. Layered appropriation is a consistent theme in Muniz’s work: in 2008, he undertook a large-scale project in Brazil, photographing trash-pickers as figures from emblematic paintings, such as Jacques-Louis David’s Neoclassical Death of Marat, and then recreating the photographs in large-scale arrangements of trash. The project was documented in the 2010 film Waste Land in an attempt to raise awareness for urban poverty. Muniz explained the work as a “step away from the realm of fine art,” wanting instead to “change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day.”

Brazilian, b. 1961, São Paulo, Brazil, based in New York & Rio de Janeiro

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
VIK MUNIZ: Metachromes, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
2016
Vik Muniz - Handmade, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
2016
Summer School, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2016
Radical Seafaring, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
2014
Vik Muniz: Album, Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
VIK MUNIZ: Metachromes, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
2016
Vik Muniz - Handmade, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
2016
Vik Muniz, Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai
2014
Vik Muniz : SMALL, galerie nichido / nca | nichido contemporary art, Chuo-ku
2014
Vik Muniz: Album, Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
2013
Vik Muniz | Selected Works, Zemack Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2010
Vik Muniz : Pictures of Paper, galerie nichido / nca | nichido contemporary art, Chuo-ku

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
2016
Summer School, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2016
Radical Seafaring, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
2016
These American Lives, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
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