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Alice Quaresma

Alice Quaresma

Alice Quaresma


About Alice Quaresma

Alice Quaresma was born in Brazil in 1985 and she currently lives in New York. Alice has in her curriculum the PS122 Exhibition Prize (2009), Foam Talent Prize (2014), Caixa Cultural São Paulo Open Call (2018), Aperture Foundation Summer Open (2019) and Houston Center for Photography Annual Exhibition (2019). Alice had her first art institution solo exhibition in 2018 at Caixa Cultural (São Paulo, Brazil). Alice got her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2009 and she participates in exhibitions and residency programs in the USA, Europe and South America since 2006. Her work has been published at Foam magazine (Amsterdam), Extra Fotographie in Context (Antwerp), Edicola (Milan), Il Post (Italy), Lens Culture (worldwide), De Tijd (Brussels), Unseen (Amsterdam), Volkskrant (Amsterdam), Artspace (worldwide), IMA (Tokyo) and Serafina (São Paulo), to name a few. Alice has created special projects for brands like Hermès, Air France, Red Bull, Samsung, Première Vision, Unseen and Music from Memory.

Alice Quaresma has been experimenting with materials that allow her photographs to be sensorial and playful, pushing the boundaries of photography as a flat surface. She uses images from her personal photo archive to elaborate on the idea of displacement and identity. The painted lines over the images break the perfection of the camera and bring the beauty of the hand gesture to the foreground, the work questions photography’s rigid assertion of objectivity. The artist uses her fascination for the ocean as a symbol for journey and a place of discovery. Alice explores the ludic world of photography experimenting with the condition of a work in progress, bringing less rational qualities to her photographs. The Brazilian art movements: “Neo-Concrete” and the “Tropicalia” have been two consistent sources of inspiration on Alice’s practice. Works using geometry and sensorial qualities were a constant in these two art movements through performance, sculpture and and music. In Alice’s practice you will find her use of lines, forms and colors over photographs. A photograph is the artist departing point but never her final work. Combining a variety of materials, Alice creates unique photographs, objects, installations, murals and site specific work.



“Art allows me to experiment with the unknown, I am fascinated by things and places I don’t know, or have never been to. My artwork explores all the things that makes me feel vulnerable and allow me to find something new about life, society and myself.”

“My studio philosophy is just keep working, trying…experience the present, the process of making my work is the most enriching part of my day.” - Alice Quaresma


2012, History of Art Post Baccalaureate Studies, Columbia University, New York, USA

2009, Master of Fine Arts (With Distinction), Pratt Institute, New York, USA

2007, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK


2018 “Horizonte”, curated by Fernanda Lopes, Caixa Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil

2018 “Coisas da Vida”, Casa Nova Art arte e Cultura, São Paulo, Brazil

2017 “Passage”, Pablo’s Birthday gallery, New York, NY, USA

2016 “Threaded” curated Keren Moscovitch, Flatiron Project Space, New York, USA

2015 “Beyond”, curated by Mario Gioia, Fauna Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

2013 “Roots”, curated by Raphael Fonseca, Barracão Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2011 “Two People and One Hundred Places”, curated by Guilherme Bueno, Mercedes Viegas Gallery, RJ

2010 “American Home”, PS122 Gallery, New York, USA


2019 “Delirious Cities”, Aperture Foundation, curated by Matthew Leifheit, New York, USA

2019 “Profound Movement”, Houston Center for Photography, curated by Shane Lavalette, Texas, USA

2019, group show, curated by Julie Dumont, Felix Frachon, Brussels, Belgium

2019, “Paraiso”, Gericke + Praffrath gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

2018, Emerging Talents Festival, Mattatoio, Roma, Italy

2018 “Nothing in Isolation”, curated by Gisela Gueiros, Pablo’s Birthday gallery, New York, USA

2018 “Gute Bekannte”, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UK

2018 “LAND+BODY= Escape”, curated by Tatiane Schilaro, NARS, Brooklyn, USA

2017 “O Silêncio Banal e a Pausa”, Centro de Cultura Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2017 “Library of Love”, curated by Sandra Cinto, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, USA

2017 “Another Gesture”, curated by Cynthia Cruz e Tatiane Schilaro, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

2017 “Displacement”, Curated by Gabriela Davies, Jacaranda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2016 “Procession”, curated by Gisela Gueiros, Michael Foley gallery, New York, USA

2016 “O Muro: Rever O Rumo”, Central gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

2015 “Coleções 10” curated by Nessia Leonzini and Lui Lage, Luisa Strina gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

2014 Group show, Fred Giampietro gallery, New Haven, USA

2014 Foam Talent 2014 Exhibition, L’Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, France

2014 “Eat The Food, Not Its Name”, Clemente Soto Velez Center, New York, USA

2013 “Constructions for Nowhere”, Curated by Luisa Duarte, Mercedes Viegas Gallery, RJ, Brazil

2012 MACAA Members Juried Exhibition, Michigan, USA

2009 “Some Place Like Home”, Daniel Cooney Gallery, New York, USA


2019 Aperture Foundation, Summer Open Artist, Adobe prize, New York

2019 Houston Center for Photography, Center Annual Artist, Texas

2018 Caixa Cultural Open Call, São Paulo, Brazil

2017 AnnexB Residency, Brooklyn, USA

2017 Tappan Atelier Residency, Los Angeles, USA

2016 Displacement Project Open Call, London

2014 Foam Talent Prize, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014 Jardim do Hermes Residency, São Paulo, Brazil

2013 Barracão Maravilha Residency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2012 SVA Summer Residency, New York

2012 CCNY Annual Juried Competition (Honorable Mention), New York, USA

2012 Mid-America College Art Association Open Call, Michigan, USA

2009 PS122 Prize, New York, USA


2019 “Wassermusik: Black Atlantic Revisited”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2019 “Between the Lines”, SPRING/BREAK, New York, USA

2018 “Le Goût de l’Iode”, Air France, France

2018 “Ocean Line”, Hermès, France

2017 “Mental Object”, TAPPAN for PST LA/LA, Los Angeles, USA

2017 “Palm Tree”, Unseen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2017 “Outsider”, ArtLima, Lima, Peru

2017 “Another Time”, Red Bull Music Academy, Brazil

2014 Billboard 2x2, Unseen X Foam, Amsterdam, Netherlands


2018 (November), Extra Fotografie in context, published by FOMU and Fw:Books, Antwerp, Belgium

2018 (December), “flower, home, yellow, sound, landscape”, Edicola, nss factory publisher

2018 (October), Il Post, article about my work: “Oltre I limiti delle fotografie”

2018 (October), LensCulture, interview by Cat Lachowskyj

2018 (August), Unseen magazine, interview by George King

2018 (June), SABATO magazine (De Tijd), Knokke edition, article “Zee Van Tranen”

2017 (September), Calling magazine, exclusive artwork “Water Territory”

2017 (September), Volkskrant newspaper, Artwork “Red” published at Volkskrant Magazine

2017 (August), Artspace, Featured in the article “9 artists to Watch in August”

2016 (September), Foam magazine, “Borderless 1” featured in the article “What’s New?”

2016 (July), Yuca magazine, “Roots” project featured on the article “Fantasy of Perception”

2016 (May), IMA magazine, “Broken Utopia” piece featured on the article “New Vision: Reflecting The World”

2016 (May), Serafina magazine (Folha de São Paulo), Alice was one of eight artists picked to create an artwork for the article “O Infinito”

2015 (June), Ilustrada (Folha de São Paulo), Article on my artwork practice “At solo show, artist deconstruct photographs”, written by Diago Oliva

2015 (January), The Huffington Post, “Roots” Project featured on the article “31 photographs that will show you the future of photography”

2014 (September), Foam magazine, “Roots” project featured on the article “Recherche” by Karin Bareman

2014 (September), Artsy, Alice Quaresma featured on the article “From ArtRio to the São Paulo Biennial, Here Are 9 Brazilian Artists Under 35 You Need to Know”