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Adriana Varejão

Brazilian  •  b. 1964


The diverse work of Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão examines such themes as anthropology and miscegenation in contemporary Brazilian society. Born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, Varejão possesses an oeuvre spanning painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation and photography.

A common motif in Varejão's oeuvre is that of the Azulejo, a traditional Portuguese ceramic tile. In her most famous series, Jerked-beef ruin (2000-'04), Varejão ruptures the ceramic tiles violently exposing a flesh-like interior. The stark contrast between the aesthetically pleasing blue geometric tiles and the visceral interior provides commentary on modern forms of colonization in contemporary Brazilian society.


  • Her work is included in numerous collections worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

  • Varejão is represented by the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York City and Victoria Miro Gallery in London.

"There is [already] a tradition of painters who like to paint flesh…my art wants to parody, criticize history."

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